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…

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…

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…