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‘Charleston Regained’ is a major conservation programme designed to safeguard the collection for the future and make Charleston more accessible. The project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, began in March 2003, almost twenty years after the initial restoration of the house. It was completed in August 2005. The buildings have been given a complete overhaul to keep the elements out. A new environmental management system has been installed and the house rewired. Disabled access to the house and visitor facilities have been upgraded and the Trust invested in a computerised database to make the collection available online in 2005. Conservators reviewed the condition of the entire collection and the project includes preventive as well as remedial conservation. The changes are almost invisible. You can see some of the work that went on behind the scenes, however, by clicking the headings below.

Charleston
 
Conservation
Conservation
Keeping the elements out
Keeping the
elements out
Builders in the museum
Builders in
the museum
Environmental managment
Environmental
management
Access
Access
An invisible process
An invisible process