Head for heights required

Scaffolding in courtyard of Osterley House (image: Laura Brooks)

Scaffolding in courtyard of Osterley House (image: Laura Brooks)

Kate cleaning frieze whilst up scaffold in the Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Kate cleaning frieze whilst up scaffold in the Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

We’ve had the scaffolding inside and outside of Osterley House lately. 

The purpose for it inside was to enable a high level clean of features by the ceiling in the Long Gallery, including the frieze and top of the shutters.  Understandably, this isn’t an area that can be cleaned often, owing to the equipment that is needed to undertake such a task (scaffold).  You can’t exactly do it as part of a routine clean, but it gets so dusty up there that it did need to be done, as the dust sample below shows.

Dust sample from cleaning high-level in Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Dust sample from cleaning high-level in Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Going up the scaffold enables a whole different perspective of the room to be gained, not to mention a close-up view of the beautiful details of the room’s design that cannot be appreciated as much from down below.  The frieze contains a beautiful design as do the pier glasses (see below).

Part of the frieze in the Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Part of the frieze in the Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Another Part of high-level wall frieze in the Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Another part of frieze in the Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

 

The top of one of the pier glasses in the Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

The top of one of the pier glasses in the Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

The pictures were taken when Kate and her trusty volunteer scaled the ladder to clean part of the frieze, the top of the shutters and windows, and the gilding on the pier glasses and girandoles.

Kate on scaffold in the Long Gallery, cleaning the top of a window (image: Laura Brooks)

Kate on scaffold in the Long Gallery, cleaning the top of a window (image: Laura Brooks)

As is good practice, past condition reports on these features, where appropriate, were checked against their current condition and updated, as normal.

We mentioned above that scaffolding has gone up around the outside of the house recently.

Scaffolding goes up around Osterley House (image: Laura Brooks)

Scaffolding goes up around Osterley House (image: Laura Brooks)

The reason for this is to provide some much needed TLC for this lovely eighteenth century building.  The treatment that the house will receive involves some gentle cleaning and repairs where necessary.  The scaffolding will be in place for a while but the house will still be open as normal during this time, although there may be days when visitors may need to access the house via a different door.  This will be reflected in the signs posted outside the house.

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