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…

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…

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…

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…