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
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.
In today’s post, we will focus on the insects caught at Osterley upon a recent inspection of the traps around the house. Be advised – there will be pictures.
On Tuesday, one of our conservation assistants and a volunteer filmed a short video about some woodworm that had been found in one of the wooden cupboards in Osterley’s Kitchen. 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
Look away now if creepy crawlies scare you. Yes, Osterley has little beasties (some are really little) lurking in its rooms. Continue reading