A conservation volunteer, Vivian, cleaning a marble side table

Gold dust

Of late we have been undertaking a deep clean of the Saloon, also known as the Gold Room for reasons which will be very apparent indeed. We do as much of our conservation work in front of the public as possible – in this case by roping a small area of the room and setting […]

Room Guide welcoming guests

91 years of volunteering

Volunteers are the forefront of the National Trust. We are fortunate to have the support of more than 450 volunteers in the house department (with over 700 working across the property). The roles are varied with 16 different opportunities from tour guiding, making costumes, flower arranging or room guiding and all are vital to keeping […]

The edge of the original blinds for the saloon.  These would have been in a gold colour adding to the opulance of the room

50 shades of chintz

Over the last few months there has been a project going on behind the scenes deep in the stores to try to inventory our rather large amount of stored textiles.  We’ve slowly been working through this mammoth task with the help of our textile volunteer Katherine to find out what we actually have in the store and […]

Maiolica bird, c.1570. in vibrant g colours

Seeing colour

Today I’ve been in a world of Technicolor at Polesden Lacey, writing the text for a display in our grounds this autumn which looks at colour in our collections. Timed to coincide with the riot of colour that is autumn in the estate and gardens, it involves about eight very large blown up photographs of […]

Queen of the scaffolding

Polesden Lacey’s House Team. In Clandon’s Green Drawing Room. With the Scaffolding.

Last Wednesday six of the house team left Polesden in the capable hands of our Head and Assistant House Stewards for a day away from the office.   Clandon Park is just down the road from us and needed to borrow some of our womanpower to rehang their Green Drawing Room.    The Green Drawing Room wallpaper […]

Some of the officers and a nurse who stayed here during Polesden's two years as a convalescent hospital

Researching Polesden’s Past

One of my responsiblites at Polesden is to manage the Interpretation and Research Assistant volunteers. They’re a small team who assist us with projects that require detailed research, as well as helping to write interpretation for some things, such as the room folders (which you can find in every showroom and contain a wealth of […]

Dining Room 2

Cleaning up after dinner: A tale of table cleanliness

The house team project for this week has been more Conservation In Action.  This project is designed to demonstrate to the public just what exactly goes into cleaning the collections.  The Dining Room table and side tables hold a remarkably large amount of objects.  With just under 200 pieces to individually dust and condition report, armed only with hogs hair brushes for […]

Ben Hammond’s ‘Sing Something Swingy’ on the Crown label, which was only in production between 1935 and 1936

Sing Something Swingy

Here at Polesden we have a fantastic collection of 78rpm records that we play on our gramophones on the Balcony and in the Billiard Room. I’ve been doing some research into the records and compiling a full list of them so we can get them on our inventory and also make sure we are playing […]

Julie, Cinservation Volunteer working in the Servery

‘When you’ve done that you can come and do ours…’

… is a phrase that the house team have heard a lot over the last month! What with the Meissen ceramics clean in the Study back in May and the chandelier in the Saloon a couple of weeks ago. The most recent round of Conservation in Action to elicit these comments was the tapestry chair clean last […]

Freya and Claire cleaning the glass drops with a 50/50 mixture of distilled water and methylated spirits

Cleaning the chandelier

Last week was an especially busy one for the house team as we undertook the massive task of cleaning the six sconces and chandelier in the Saloon. The chandelier alone contains 4,000 pieces of cut glass, so it’s not a quick job! This year it was my turn to organise it – which was easier said than […]