The Friends of St. Mary’s exists to secure the future of this historic house and its contents, together with its extensive gardens so that the house, together with its remaining gardens, can continue to be enjoyed by the many thousands of visitors annually.

Since its formation in 1991, the Friends have been instrumental in raising funds for restoration projects through membership subscriptions and organising events and functions.  The projects supported include:

  • the installation of a shutting window
  • reinstatement of the blocked-up window in the east facade
  • display cases for the collections held at St. Mary’s
  • the rebuilding of the main Music Room window
  • a new Music Room roof
  • New bookshelves designed by Roger Linton for the Music Room
  • Restoration of the Victorian Glass House

However, restoration work is an ongoing task, and your help is urgently needed!

How you can help

  • Become a Friend
  • Introduce your friends to the house
  • Bring a group to which you may belong
  • Support our concerts and other events
  • Donations, however small

Benefits of being a Friend

  • Free entry on public open days
  • Bring one guest at a reduced rate on open days
  • Prior information about special events and concerts
  • Newsletter twice a year
  • Special activities (eg, outings) arranged for Friends

Further aims

  • Raising funds for purposes connected with the house and its collections
  • Sponsoring exhibitions, publications and events
  • Sponsoring exhibitions, publications and events

2024 Subscription rates (annual)

  • Individual – £20
  • Each additional person at same address – £10
  • Family (2 adults + children under 16) – £30
  • Life membership:  10 x annual subscription

Please email us at to enquire about joining the Friends.

The following leaflets and forms may be downloaded from this page as Acrobat PDF files:

Friends of St Mary’s leaflet (with joining form)

gift aid form

donation/legacy form