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Adventures in the archives

Every National Trust property has its own archives which can contain material ranging from family photographs, to contents inventories, press cuttings and personal letters. Our archives at Polesden Lacey are full of treasures and remain an invaluable resource for our staff and volunteers.     Over the last few months we have been working on […]

Cleaning the lantern

A little more light dusting

We have just finished our fifth week of the winter season here at Polesden Lacey and are well into the swing of our winter clean, working very hard and so far sticking to our winter schedule! In the last month we have been tackling areas such as the Portico bedroom and bathroom, the Gun room, balcony and […]

An Edwardian Advent

After weeks of hard work and preparation from the House team we have finally completed our Christmas display ‘Edwardian Advent.’ Come and see what’s inside… At Polesden Lacey, the country estate of society hostess Mrs Greville, tradition and modern luxury blended together. Preparations for one of the social highlights of the year filled the advent […]

Decorations ready to be hung on the central hall tree

The holly and the ivy

Its that time of year again when the house gets transformed for Christmas. Alongside all of our winter cleaning and packing we have been busy getting ready for Christmas. The Christmas decorations have been retrieved from the store, presents have been wrapped, costumes have been made and the trees have been delivered! The use of Evergreen trees […]

Bell board at Polesden Lacey

Between the Sheets: Discover more about servant life at Polesden Lacey

Christmas is a busy time in any household but spare a thought for the many servants in the Edwardian country houses who had the onerous task of getting preparations underway for the luxurious Christmas parties. Here at Polesden Lacey Mrs Greville usually had around 10-12 guests for the Christmas period with a constant flow of […]

Rolling the carpet in the Central Hall

A little light dusting

It’s the time of year when the house team get a lot of comments along the lines of “oh as your closed, you must get a rest” – if only!  In reality the team probably have more to do during the winter season.  We don’t even call it the ‘closed’ season any more as we […]

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Opening up the cabinets

All of this week many of the cabinets in the house have been opened up!  This is a rare opportunity for visitors to see the stunning interiors of our cabinets. It is a chance to highlight the wide variety of items on display at Polesden Lacey; from a late George III rosewood games table to a German cabinet reminiscent […]

Monitoring light levels in the Library

Shedding a little light on the subject…

This week the House team were presented with a brand new piece of kit, a new environmental monitor.  Needless to say we were very excited and set about using it straight away!  Environmental monitoring is an extremely important part of the work we do here at Polesden Lacey as it ensures that we can prevent […]

Book shelves in the Library (© Eddie Hyde)

A library fit for a King

The library here at Polesden Lacey is a veritable treasure trove for any book enthusiast. The room is full of stunning ceramics, paintings and all sorts of beautiful objects, but for me it is the books that are the star attraction. The library was filled with books ready for the visit of King Edward VII […]