Getting a head start

Front page of Library folder for Winter Clean 2015-16

Front page of Library folder for Winter Clean 2015-16 at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Here at Osterley, we’ve got a head start on this year’s Winter Clean.

With our volunteers’ help, we’ve already got some of the condition reports for  the Library completed, some of which were done weeks ago.

We also had Conservation in Action weekend this month, where two of our volunteers checked a fire grate, desk and table (all part of the process of completing a report).

Condition report for a table in the Library at Osterley Park House (image: Laura Brooks)

Condition report for a table in the Library at Osterley Park House (image: Laura Brooks)

You may not be aware that we have had an ongoing book project for several months now, aimed at cleaning all the books in the Library (which was likened by one person to the task of painting the Firth of Forth Bridge – once we’d finished, it would be time to start again).

Some of our trusty volunteers who helped with the book project (previously highlighted in our post Books, pests and stairs) have also lent their services to the condition reporting by inspecting all of our Library chairs for woodworm, cracks, breaks and other signs of deterioration.  While inspecting, they have noted their finds, using arrows to show on the photo on each report, the location of the losses.  Then writing on the other side of the report, general comments, their names and the date.  When these pieces of our collection are cleaned, this will also be noted, along with a description of how the item was cleaned.

Linden using torch to check Library desk at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Linden using torch to check Library desk at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

The valuable assistance of our volunteers has meant that we have been enabled to start the Winter Clean early and get that much needed head start, leaving time to get round the rest of the house.

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