Objects of Mystery

After a recent visit to Berrington Hall it seemed appropriate to pick something from Charles Wade’s costume collection as this months object of mystery. This is what is formally known as a calash. It is a type of bonnet that became very popular in women’s fashion in the 18th Century. The calash takes its name from…

Objects of Mystery

Having seen other collections showcasing a monthly ‘object of mystery’ post I thought it would be fun for us to have a go. Every month we’ll find something rather quirky and unusual from Charles Wade’s collection and give a little bit of information about it. We hope you enjoy these posts! Below is a photo…

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!…