Inside and out

Kate cleaning chest of drawers in the Yellow Taffeta Bedroom at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Kate cleaning chest of drawers in the Yellow Taffeta Bedroom at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

During one of our recent Conservation in Action days, we focused our attention on the lovely satinwood chest of drawers in the Yellow Taffeta Bedroom. Continue reading

Continuing the Winter Clean

Jo and volunteer, Linden, both with hip vacs, dusting dado rail in Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Jo and volunteer, Linden, both with hip vacs, dusting dado rail in Long Gallery at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)

Last winter, our house team worked their socks off, Continue reading

Done and Dusted at Petworth

Image taken from Petworth House and Park blog, of their state bed.

Image of Petworth House and Park’s state bed, blog, taken from their blog.

Here is a great post from the Petworth team about the work that lots of National Trust properties undertake during the course of a week as well as an explanation for the reasons behind it.  Continue reading

Ssshh! No talking in the library!

Library in midst of winter clean.

Library at Osterley Park, during the winter clean (image: Laura Brooks)

Osterley is a house full of things to intrigue and excite, and I don’t just mean the collection.  One room that sometimes proves interesting to visitors is the Library.  There are a couple of reasons for this, one of which we’ll blog about at a later date, but the other is its colour, or rather, lack of, as some would say.  For a house that combines pink with green in one room, contains a rather beautiful shade of blue in another (if we do say so ourselves), whilst yet another is a riot of colour (and largely unfaded after more than two hundred years), you could be forgiven for thinking that every single room was just as colourful, other than the servants’ rooms, of course.  This is not the case. Continue reading

And the clean goes on…

Kate cleaning gilding by window pelmet in Drawing Room.

Kate cleaning by frieze in Drawing Room (image: Laura Brooks)

We are well into 2014 now and the winter clean is continuing, ready for when the house opens in March.  As explained in our post ‘That time of year’, the winter clean is also known as ‘Putting the house to bed.’  Charlecote Park, a National Trust property in Warwickshire, also blogged on this recently and gave a good explanation as to how and why it is done, in their post ‘Putting the house to bed’. Continue reading

It’s not all glitz and glamour …

Oh, the glamour of the winter clean!  Despite it being practically Christmas, the house team was still hard at it last week, cleaning antique dressers, drawers, moving chairs and even removing algae from the portico steps!  It’s all part of the continuous effort to conserve Osterley and its collection as well as to prevent damage occurring in the future.

Dresser drawer mid-clean in Entrance Hall, while South Lobby is also cleaned.

Clean of South Lobby taking place, with dresser drawer in Entrance Hall (image: Laura Brooks).

Volunteer dusting the inside of a drawer from the South Lobby, in the Entrance Hall.

Volunteer dusting inside of a drawer in the Entrance Hall.

Judith and brush, cleaning portico steps.

Judith cleaning algae off portico steps (image: Laura Brooks).

This is why Judith was furiously scrubbing away the algae from the portico steps, with her trusty bucket of water and brush on Thursday.  Algae could be damaging to the steps because of the potential for erosion, not to mention a possible health and safety issue, so just like everything else, they needed a good clean too!

It really does make a difference!

Bucket of water on soapy portico steps.

Bucket and the portico steps (image: Laura Brooks).

This will be it now for the blog until the New Year, so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!