Housekeeping Study Days 2016

Cast your minds back to Alex’s post last year about her time on the Housekeeping Study Days at Polsedon Lacey. This year Fran and myself made the trip up to Shropshire for our turn on the HSKD, this year hosted at Attingham Park. Attingham Park is an 18th Century mansion, set in beautiful parkland all…

We’re back!

Welcome back to the Secrets of Snowshill blog. Sorry we’ve been a little quiet lately, it’s been just a little busy over the past year! We’ve got lot of things to share with you over the next few months. So, to get you back into the spirit of Snowshill here’s some photos of work in…

What happens during the closed season?

All this beautiful Spring sunshine has encouraged us to reflect on what has been a busy and productive winter this year at the Manor. Normally we start the winter clean in an upstairs room and work down or in a downstairs room and work up in a rather methodical manner that has been planned by the…

Access and conservation – a balancing act

Working in an historic house can often mean walking a tightrope between access and conservation. As an organisation we want to protect houses and collections that we care for, but we also want to welcome visitors to enjoy these special places. So, where can issues arise in this? Historic houses were never designed to carry…

Housekeeping Study Days

Early this year I went on the Housekeeping Study Days, which this time were housed in the Edwardian party house Polesden Lacey, in Surrey. The HKSD are the National Trust Preventive Conservation training. It’s four days of talks and demonstrations of every area of housekeeping you could think of, and a few you probably wouldn’t!…

An introduction to working with costume collections

On a bleak January Monday Vicki, Sue and Harriet, well wrapped up against the cold, ventured down to Blaise Castle House Museum in Bristol to learn about working with costume collections. Blaise Castle, a folly dating from the eighteenth century, could just be made out above the line of bare winter trees but we resisted…

Review of the Year Part 3: What can be seen in 2015?

In the last of our blogs looking back at 2014 members of the team have picked their personal highlights. We have also chosen a selection of projects and events that we are particularly looking forward to in 2015. “2014 has been a great year at Snowshill and I have had many highlights.  At the top…