We’ve had the scaffolding inside and outside of Osterley House lately. Continue reading
This is an interesting post about the work that the team at Knole do to monitor environmental conditions (relative humidity, light, UV, etc.) within the house, just as we do at Osterley and other properties across the National Trust.
One of the most important things we do at Knole is keeping an eye on the environmental conditions in the Showrooms. We do this through a combination of ways. Our primary method is using individual monitoring sensors in each room that send a regular signal back to the office detailing the Relative Humidity (RH) and temperature in each space. By this method we can keep an up to the minute record of what’s going on.
Our regular ‘Hanwell’ environmental monitors. This one is in a storage space and is showing an RH reading of 58%, right where we want it.
However, because of our current project and the work going on to improve the lighting, conservation heating and all sorts of other things it means that we don’t have proper radio monitors in some rooms right now.
RH in some rooms sometimes reaches worryingly high levels. It’s essential to keep…
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We are delighted to let you know that Ksynia Marko our Textile Conservation Advisor has been awarded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association the prestigious Plowden Medal 2016 for her outstanding contribution to Britain’s cultural heritage. You can read more about the award here.
250-year-old tapestries at Osterley are checked for pests by textile conservation advisor, Ksynia Marko, from Norfolk. Photo © Johnny Green/PA Wire