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
Last winter, our house team worked their socks off, Continue reading
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
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
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
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.
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!
This will be it now for the blog until the New Year, so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!