Project information

Restoration of Sir Edwin Lutyens Bookcases

The Lutyens Trust was set up to preserve and promote the spirit & substance of Lutyens heritage, & hopes to reinstate facsimiles of the original bookcases, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, for the library of Lutyens's Goddards, Surrey, built in 1900 for ladies of small means to rest & recuperate.

It is anticipated that the design, commissioning and installation will take up to 6 months.

Charity information: The Lutyens Trust

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  • Need


    The Lutyens Trust is a charity dedicated to preserving & promoting the spirit and substance of Lutyens heritage. Our intervention and influence has helped protect many Lutyens buildings from harm. We are developing the first comprehensive on-line Gazetteer of Lutyens works which will soon be made accessible to the public. Our extensive paper, book & photographic archives have outgrown their current storage, & we require further suitable storage facilities for our expanding fields of involvement.


    The Library at Goddards once featured 5 large bookcases, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens between 1898-1910. At some point in history, the 2 longest runs of bookcases were cut down, leaving only the cupboards beneath, to make room for people playing billiards. It is the Trust's wish to reinstate these bookcases, which would return the room to its intended purpose & design. It would also provide us with much needed space for our archives for the foreseeable future, & help us preserve its heritage.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a long term storage solution for the Trust's archives, which includes casework.


    » Reinstatement of the bookcases, as designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The designs will be copied from the remaining un-damaged cases.

    Installation of the said bookcases, would be written up as an article in our 4 monthly newsletter to our members.

    Aim 2

    To preserve and protect Lutyens heritage for future generations.


    » Reinstatement of the bookcases, as designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The designs will be copied from the remaining un-damaged cases.

    Photographs of the reinstated bookcases would be added to our social media sites, to promote the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens, and help us gain new interested parties.

    Aim 3

    To restore the Library at Goddards to its original design and purpose.


    » Through the reinstatement of the bookcases, which formed an integral part of Lutyens' design for the room.

    Wednesday afternoon tours take place throughout the summer in the Gertrude Jekyll gardens and Lutyens house. Visitors will be able to visit the library, & read the books contained.

  • Impact


    This project will allow us to easily and efficiently expand our archives, making them more accessible to both staff and the public. We are developing the first comprehensive on-line Gazetteer of Lutyens works which will soon be made accessible to the public. Expansion of the archive storage, will allow us space to catalogue efficiently and will result in a greater understanding of Lutyens heritage and will aim the development of the gazetteer.


    Funding is definitely the key to successfully completing this project. With the necessary funding behind us, we can ensure that the work is carried out to the highest possible standard.


    Our donors will be able to receive progress reports on the work, in the form of emails, letters, and through our newsletter and social media networks. Major donors will receive a letter of thanks from the Chairman of the Lutyens Trust, who is the Great-Nephew of Sir Edwin.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,500 Design Commission and design of bookcases by a suitable craftsman
      £1,500 Installation Installation of the bookcases, including any alterations necessary to the existing storage.
  • Background


    Goddards is one of Lutyens's most important early houses. Built in the traditional Surrey style, it shows his mastery of local materials, stone, brick, roughcast and oak. The house is remarkably unaltered and unspoilt both outside and in; even the door and window furniture is intact. The result, as Christopher Hussey, Lutyens's biographer wrote "is exquisitely pretty...delicious in colour & texture, and realised with every resource of craftsmanship."


    The project will benefit students studying architecture and agriculture, who would be able to access the improved archive facilities. It would also benefit architectural/building and heritage professionals for research, as well as owners of Lutyens properties seeking advice for any proposed works. It would also greatly benefit our Architectural Advisor and casework department in preserving Lutyens heritage for future generations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity is best placed to carrying out this project as it is the only organisation solely concerned with the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens OM. The trustees of the charity include family members, architects, a former director of the Sir John Soane Museum, and the curator of the RIBA Drawings and Archives Collection. We seek to employ traditional skilled craftsman who specialise in conservation and heritage commissions.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Martin Lutyens

    Chairman of the Trust, and Great Nephew of Sir Edwin, Martin will oversee the project, making sure that the utmost care and attention is paid.

    Michael Edwards

    Michael Edwards is a renowned architect, who frequently assists in the restoration and conservation of Lutyens houses. He will be design consultant.

    Rebecca Lilley

    Architect & Secretary of the Trust, Rebecca will co-ordinate the project from start to finish, with the aid of other trust staff.

    Claire Hill

    Manager of the Goddards archives, Claire will assist in making sure that the finished designs will work for the needs of the archives.