A great deal of work goes on behind the scenes here to keep both the house from falling apart and all the artefacts and artworks in tact. Over the winter a team of experienced House Volunteers, lead by our Conservation Assistant, set to work cleaning and caring for everything in the House while it is closed to the public. This page will explore the range of specialised conservation techniques and tools the team use to prevent any avoidable damage and make sure the House can withstand the number of visitors who will be taking guided tours from 1 March this year.
Here is Hilary Masters, Conservation Assistant, explaining about the brushes she and the team use:
Thanks to David Gurr for his camera work in this film.
We also caught up with Jane Horne, House Volunteer, to learn about what she has been getting up to in the house this winter:
She talked about what remains to be done in order get the House ready for opening to the public in March:
And mentioned two new finds unearthed this winter that she is particularly excited about:
For anyone who hasn’t visited the men’s toilets at Charleston for whatever reason, this is the Quentin Bell piece mentioned by Jane, with the recently discovered sketch to the left:
We will be posting more information from the Conservation team over the next few weeks, with a focus on their sterling work in the build up to the house reopening on 1 March. Watch this space.
For more information about how you can get involved in the work we are doing, visit our Volunteer page.
House tours from March onward can be booked here.
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