We are well into the new year now and the team at Osterley have certainly had a productive start to 2015.
While condition checking and cleaning one of the lacquer cabinets in Mrs Child’s Dressing
Room, a couple of unwelcome visitors were discovered in a bottom drawer. A few woolly bears (no longer alive) were found amid a pile of suspicious looking fragments. The base of the lacquer drawer was also patterned with golden blooms that may have been a result of previous mould damage, or some sort of damage to the wood layer underneath the resin layers. All the other drawers and the shell of the cabinet were in great condition, so the discovery of the problematic drawer was completely unexpected and poses some interesting questions. Could the drawer have contained something which attracted the pests and caused the damage to the surface? Could this explain where the dust fragments we found came from? Continue reading
A Happy New Year from the team at Osterley. We all hope you had a good break. The house team have been back at work for almost a week now and have got stuck into continuing the Winter Clean. More about that next time but we thought we’d share with you some pictures of our housekeeping store which houses our essential equipment for cleaning Osterley House.
Before you view this last shot, please be warned, these are insect traps which we have collected from around the house, therefore you may spy an insect or two. Look away now if you cannot abide insects of any kind.
By now, lots of properties have started their winter clean for 2014/15 and Osterley is no different. Having got a head start in September, thanks to the Conservation in Action that we carried out during London Open House, we have now finished in the Drawing Room and the State Apartment, and the rooms are sleeping peacefully, waiting for the new season.
In today’s post, we will focus on the insects caught at Osterley upon a recent inspection of the traps around the house. Be advised – there will be pictures.
On Tuesday, one of our conservation assistants and a volunteer filmed a short video about some woodworm that had been found in one of the wooden cupboards in Osterley’s Kitchen. Continue reading
A few weekends ago, Osterley was part of the Open House London event and the team used this opportunity to get a head start on the winter clean and run Conservation in Action at the same time. Continue reading