Repair of Clive Bell’s Study Ceiling

Repairs and modifications made to the structure of the house long before the arrival of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant create unwanted repercussions and expense for the Trust today. Changes to the floor joists in what we now know as John Maynard Keynes’ Bedroom meant that the impact of over 20,000 visitors walking through the room each year created stress and damage to the ceiling of Clive Bell’s Study below. After several large cracks appeared in the ceiling in September of 2014 the room was closed to the public, the collection moved and protected. This has happened before so to ensure that it doesn’t happen again a plan of action was instigated.

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The floor joists above were reinforced by Charleston’s furniture conservator and the failed ceiling (pictured) was replaced by a specialist building conservator.

The work is now complete and the rooms ready to welcome thousands more visitors who can enjoy Charleston without damaging it.

To help cover these unexpected costs to the Trust we rely on donations to the Annual Fund – any help you can give is very very appreciated. – Please donate now

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