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…

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…

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…

Mystery Manor Located!

While inventory checking the Small Store during the summer the team discovered two large photographs at the bottom of a box. The images depict a beautiful and grand manor house, with impressive features including four pyramidal turrets, fantastic decorative gables and a coat of arms carved above a grand stone entrance. What struck the inventory team was…