While Charleston’s doors are closed, our conservation cleaner Kathy Crisp continues her vital work looking after the house. Here she writes about a recent spring clean and an important find!
Following a flood in the house attic last year, significant restoration work has been undertaken to repair the damage to the areas of the house that were most affected. Fortunately, the costs of the restoration work have been covered by Charleston’s insurance.
As part of the project, just before Charleston closed its doors to visitors, the kitchen was repainted with Farrow & Ball distemper. Part of the ceiling and the central beam were badly stained by flood damage and the plaster ceiling has been reinforced by building conservator Ben, who is rebuilding the ceiling in the spare bedroom.
The tidy up then began! Volunteer Jane and I spent a long time removing all the decorating dust and finally mopping the floor. I then cleaned all the ceramics and polished the glass bead supports for the light shades. The plates and platters, bowls and jugs were all returned to their positions.
Grace Higgens’ cookery books were dusted and returned to the shelf. The cacti and spider plant were fed and placed back on the window ledge. I even discovered the lost knob from the coffee percolator, hiding in the dust at the back of the table drawer!
The room looks so fresh and clean. I hope everyone will be able to see it soon, when the house can spring to life with visitors again!
As a charity that receives no public funding, our current closure is financially devastating for Charleston. Please consider making a donation to our Emergency Appeal to help secure the charity’s future.
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