Bolster inspection by Lisa, Jo and volunteer (image: Laura Brooks)
Us Brits are obsessed with the weather. It’s a well-known fact. Not to mention one of our favourite topics of conversation.
Posted in Childs' Bedroom, Conservation, Design, Drawing Room, Insects, Light, Osterley, Pests, Robert Adam |
Tagged Beetle, Carpet, carpet beetle, conservation, curtains, Insect, magnifying glass, monitor, Moth, Pest trap, plastic bags, Tapestries, Torch, Tweezers |
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.
Posted in Clean, Conservation, Conservation in Action, Insects, Osterley, Volunteering, Yellow Taffeta Bedchamber |
Tagged acid-free tissue, banister brush, bubble wrap, condition report, conservation, drawer, dust, gloves, Insect, Pony-hair brush, table, vacuum, Woodworm |
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,
Posted in Clean, Conservation, Conservation in Action, Drawing Room, Insects, Long Gallery, Mrs. Child's Dressing Room, Osterley, Pests, Volunteering, Winter Clean |
Tagged Carpet, condition report, conservation, dado rail, fender, fire grate, Fireplace, Insect, Museum vacuum, Polish, Pony-hair brush, vacuum |
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):
Posted in Conservation, Design, Drawing Room, Insects, Osterley, Pests, Robert Adam, Textiles, Volunteering |
Tagged Beetle, Carpet, carpet beetle, conservation, gloves, Insect, Magnifier, Torch, Tweezers, Woolly bear |
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.
Posted in Conservation, Insects, Pests, Textiles |
Tagged acid-free tissue, Beetle, condition report, conservation, dust, frass, Insect, mesh, Moth, Museum vacuum |
Our recent Conservation in Action demonstrations have been going great. With the help of our volunteers, we have:
Posted in Cleaning, Conservation, Conservation in Action, Great Stair, Insects, Library, Osterley, Pests, Volunteering, Yellow Taffeta Bedchamber |
Tagged bannister, carpet beetle, cloth duster, conservation, dust, Insect, Museum vacuum, Woodworm, Woolly bear |
Some of the collected pest traps from Osterley Park House. (Image: Lizzie Fuller).
With the end of March comes the grand pest trap change over…