Hurricane Bertha comes to Snowshill

Bright sunny weather is high on the list of ingredients in the mix for a perfect day out at a National Trust property. When visitors are asked how their enjoyment of the property could be enhanced, they often chastise us for dishing out dreary rain clouds. Personally, I think Snowshill Manor is the perfect place…

Who was Fred Hart?

Paul has been busy at the Gloucester Records Office. He has written the following post after discovering lots of records relating to Commander Fred Hart. One of Charles Wade’s best friends was Fred Hart, or to give him his full title Lieutenant Commander Frederick Philip Hart R.N. The volunteers cataloguing Wade’s papers at Gloucester Archives…

Finding Out About World Cultures Collections: part two

Looking after a World Cultures Collection can raise many complex ethical issues. Taking the time to correctly identify objects and research their cultural significance leads to a better understanding of ethical ways to store and display objects. The Asante people place a particular importance on the giving of carved wooden stools. These are presented at…

Finding out about World Cultures Collections

What are World Cultures Collections and how do we look after them?  Vicki and Sue went to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery recently to find out. The one day course was part of the Arts Council funded South West Skills Training Programme coordinated by the South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries. It was…

Doorbell discovery

The collection at Snowshill Manor not only contains thousands of wonderful hand-crafted objects collected by Charles Wade it also includes thousands of objects created by Charles Wade himself. These objects include hundreds of models and characters for his model village Wolf’s Cove. They also include thousands of pencil drawings, oil paintings, photographs and architectural plans…

Keeping the Clocks Ticking

Another post from a guest blogger; this time it is our wonderful clock conservator Mike Flannery. I am looking forward to another trip to Snowshill to spend some time with the clocks. As a clock conservator I have a unique opportunity to examine clocks at various NT properties. Snowshill has a unique collection of clocks ranging…