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What’s in a name?….

If you read our blogs regularly you will know that the past few months have been full of office moves and new rooms opening up. The regional office hub moved out of the offices at Polesden Lacey just before Christmas. We have now been left with a lot of empty offices and an opportunity to […]

The Miracle of the Founding of Santa Maria Maggiore with a Fall of Snow

Object of the month: Perugino’s painting

Last week, we were all very excited to welcome back our painting by Perugino from its trip abroad. The Miracle of the Founding of Santa Maria Maggiore with a Fall of Snow, or Miracle of the snow, has been in Paris since September 2014 as part of an exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André entitled ‘Perugino, […]

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

Spring is here

Spring is my favourite time of year and Polesden Lacey is positively alive with signs of spring at the moment. Snowdrops and crocus’s are out along lime walk, the winter garden is full of fragrant aconites and we can even see the daffodils poking their emerald green heads up out of the dewy grass. Signs […]

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Clocking in at Attingham Park

The best thing about clocks is their ubiquity; their key function is the same now as it was when they were made, and the National Trust’s collection of clocks features timepieces that are 300-400 years old that are still in good working order! They give a presence to a property that makes their surroundings ‘alive’ […]

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The Maharaja’s Gift

Inside Mr Greville’s delightful little Tea Room amongst the exquisite collection of furniture and delicate ceramics lies an extraordinary piece of hand woven textile measuring 3.63m in length and width. The majestic 19th century Indian carpet was made in either the great carpet weaving cities of Agra or Jaipur. The carpet is believed to be […]

A young man with a hat, by Jacobus Levecq

360 years on: Pupil’s work visits Rembrandt’s home

We’ve had a busy year with paintings from our collection going to international exhibitions. The most recent being our painting untitled: ‘A young man with a hat’ by Jacobus Levecq (1634-1675). I couriered this painting last week to Rembrandt’s House in Amsterdam. Levecq was born in 1634 in Dordrecht and worked as a pupil under […]

Delegates 'tamping' the carpet with rubber bats

Playing house – hosting Housekeeping Study Days

Last week Polesden Lacey hosted ‘Housekeeping Study Days’, the National Trust’s annual course on the foundations of preventative conservation. Many months in the planning, we were delighted to finally welcome over 100 delegates and their tutors to Mrs Greville’s country retreat. All of the team were involved (four of us were lucky enough to be attending the whole […]

The Bureau, being deep cleaned last year.

Object of the Month: George III Bureau

One of my most favoured pieces of furniture, the George III bureau, is not only aesthetically appealing, but also a technical achievement in detail and application. The japanned bureau with its 6 small internal drawers and its contemporary English lacquered stand is proudly displayed as one of Mrs Greville’s finest pieces of furniture. The bureau’s […]