The Centenary Project

Transforming Charleston
In 2011 we launched an £9.3m project to safeguard Charleston’s heritage. The Centenary Project addresses our real needs as an organisation and will secure the sustainability of our future. This programme of sensitive restoration, preservation and the creation of new contemporary spaces will protect Charleston for generations to come.

Aims of the Centenary Project
The need for this project was identified following a series of consultations and focus groups, where the following immediate and long-term needs were identified:

  • To protect the House and the artwork within it.
  • To preserve two Grade II listed barns, to avoid them from falling into further disrepair and to protect them from potential commercial development.
  • To become more financially sustainable.
  • To increase our educational activities for the general public, local community groups, schools and universities.
  • To increase our year-round visitor capacity.
  • To create the correct storage facilities to house, preserve and research our art collection.
  • To direct visitor traffic away from the house, removing damaging vibrations and the risk of pollution.
  • To improve visitor facilities, including accessibility.

Key activities of the Centenary Project
Due for completion in late December 2017/early January 2018, our Centenary Project includes the following pieces of work:

  • Building of a new access road and car park.
  • Structural and preservation works to our two Grade II listed barns.
  • Building a new Gallery, Collections Store and Research Studio.
  • Building a new Auditorium.
  • Relocating and expanding our Café, including new additional courtyard areas.
  • Launching a new schools and community education programme.
  • Rebuilding a previously demolished granary as a Creative Learning Studio.


Environmental sustainability

How the Project will provide a sustainable future for redundant and at risk buildings and protect a section of historic landscape within the South Downs National Park.




Building for the future

See our ambitious plans including a Learning Studio, Auditorium, Exhibition Gallery and improved visitor facilities.




About the project team

Find out about our award-winning architects, project managers and committees involved in delivering our Centenary Project.




Support the Centenary Project

We have successfully raised two thirds of our £9.3m target, but a further £2.1m is urgently needed to complete this project. Please  support the Centenary Project.