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
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
Here at Osterley, we’ve got a head start on this year’s Winter Clean. Continue reading
On a lovely sunny Saturday, before the downpours that we have endured recently, two of our conservation volunteers were hard at work in the house, cleaning metalwork.
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
A Happy New Year from the team at Osterley. We all hope you had a good break. The house team have been back at work for almost a week now and have got stuck into continuing the Winter Clean. More about that next time but we thought we’d share with you some pictures of our housekeeping store which houses our essential equipment for cleaning Osterley House.
Before you view this last shot, please be warned, these are insect traps which we have collected from around the house, therefore you may spy an insect or two. Look away now if you cannot abide insects of any kind.
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