Us Brits are obsessed with the weather. It’s a well-known fact. Not to mention one of our favourite topics of conversation. Continue reading
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We are well into the new year now and the team at Osterley have certainly had a productive start to 2015.
While condition checking and cleaning one of the lacquer cabinets in Mrs Child’s Dressing
Room, a couple of unwelcome visitors were discovered in a bottom drawer. A few woolly bears (no longer alive) were found amid a pile of suspicious looking fragments. The base of the lacquer drawer was also patterned with golden blooms that may have been a result of previous mould damage, or some sort of damage to the wood layer underneath the resin layers. All the other drawers and the shell of the cabinet were in great condition, so the discovery of the problematic drawer was completely unexpected and poses some interesting questions. Could the drawer have contained something which attracted the pests and caused the damage to the surface? Could this explain where the dust fragments we found came from? Continue reading
During Osterley Weekend, a few weeks ago, the house team held two demonstrations of Conservation in Action, to highlight some of the work the team do around the house on a regular basis. If you visited us during this weekend, you may have seen our Assistant House Steward, Kirsty, cleaning fire irons in the Entrance Hall. Meanwhile, upstairs, in one of our store rooms, the second demonstration caused some trepidation for visitors who were brave enough to venture in. Continue reading
If you’ve ever been in Osterley’s Long Gallery, you can’t have failed to noticed the sofas residing at both ends of the room, especially if you were with a child who had been given a wheel by the front of house team, that required them to find examples of different creatures throughout the Principal Floor (the first floor). In the case of the Long Gallery, one of the creatures is a snail which can be located on one of the sofas (we won’t spoil the fun of looking for it by telling you the snail’s exact location). During the recent winter clean, the team had a chance to get up close with the sofas, their cushions and bolsters, and inspect their condition. Continue reading
Earlier this month, Osterley joined lots of other properties across the country by changing its opening hours and embarking on the annual Winter Clean (also known as ‘Putting the house to bed’). To reflect this, the house will now only be open on weekends (the last open day will be 15th December, until the new season) and some rooms have been closed to allow for this big undertaking to begin. Continue reading