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): Continue reading →
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.
Curtains let down in Tapestry Room at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)
By now, lots of properties have started their winter clean for 2014/15 and Osterley is no different. Having got a head start in September, thanks to the Conservation in Action that we carried out during London Open House, we have now finished in the Drawing Room and the State Apartment, and the rooms are sleeping peacefully, waiting for the new season.
Drawing Room armchairs ready for Conservation in Action at Osterley Park (image: Laura Brooks)
A few weekends ago, Osterley was part of the Open House London event and the team used this opportunity to get a head start on the winter clean and run Conservation in Action at the same time. Continue reading →
Two conservation assistant volunteers working on the Tapestry Room carpet in Osterley Park House (image: Kirsty Brown).
We recently said goodbye to our Assistant House Steward, Kirsty, but before she left, she called on a couple of our trusty volunteers to help with a project to remove some ‘rice crispies’ from the carpet in the Tapestry Room, which took place in front of visitors, as another Conservation in Action event. Continue reading →
Hajira preparing for Conservation in Action demonstration at Osterley Park House (image: Laura Brooks)
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 →