The Carpet and the Woolly Bears

Pest checking equipment - gloves, tweezers, magnifying glass and plastic bags to stick pests in, at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Pest checking equipment – gloves, tweezers, magnifying glass and plastic bags to stick pests in, at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Not quite Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I’ll grant you, but when looking at the Drawing Room carpet, we do sometimes wonder ‘who’s been eating our lovely Georgian carpet?’  Of course, the main culprit is going to be one of these (look away now if the sight of creepy crawly things unnerves you): Continue reading

Moths and Uniforms at the Museum of the Order of St. John

Source: Moths and Uniforms at the Museum of the Order of St. John

The above post by West Dean College caught our eye as we have also had a problem with moths at Osterley as well as carpet beetle, which saw us having to quarantine items of the collection, in an attempt to kill off the pests that had been hiding away, enjoying themselves on our quality textiles.

A Christmas round-up

Hajira dusting the Library ceiling at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Hajira dusting the Library ceiling from the scaffold at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

December has arrived and it’s not long ’til Christmas.  The preparations outside have begun with the lights up in the trees near the stables and inside, the decorations for our Georgian Christmas have been going up.  Amidst all of this, the house team have continued the Winter Clean.  Below is a round-up of what has been achieved already. Continue reading

Polished to perfection

 

Volunteer applying polish to fireplace poker in the Family Entrance at Osterley Park House (image: Laura Brooks)

Volunteer applying polish to fireplace tongs in the Family Entrance at Osterley Park House (image: Laura Brooks)

On a lovely sunny Saturday, before the downpours that we have endured recently, two of our conservation volunteers were hard at work in the house, cleaning metalwork.

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Emergency Planning

Last week Assistant House Steward Lizzie attended an Emergency Salvage training course at Dudley Community Fire Station.

As an open house museum with significant architecture and collection it is essential for Osterley to have plans in place in case of an emergency. The emergency plans include information such as contact details of people who can be called in to help, maps of water sources, documentation to be filled in and priority items that need to be rescued, to name a few.

Dressed for action

The course covered vital information about how to prevent emergencies from occuring, as well as action to take when they do.

As well as the usual presentations and case studies, the training included practical experience of staged events, such as an example of water coming through a building that the trainees were required to divert away.

Water exercise

 Deciding how to safely move a painting

Transporting books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trainees also entered a smoke filled building wearing breathing apparatus to gain an understanding of the conditions the fire service often have to work in, and therefore how clear emergency plans need to be.

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The final practical was a simulated fire, with trainees required to react to the incident by putting the emergency plans into place, salvaging the priority objects and treating the vulnerable items.

Air drying booksThe training was excellent and important for all those on property who may one day need to assist in an emergency situation.