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…

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…

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…

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…