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A Table Fit for a King

Having recently removed all of the mould on the silk wall hangings, last week we set about cleaning Mrs Greville’s Dining Table and side tables. We roped off an area behind the dining table and set up tables covered with plasterzote to place the items on ready for cleaning. We used various brushes and dusting […]

Creating a Picture

A couple of weeks ago the house team and conservation volunteers undertook the task of deep cleaning the many ‘Tapestry chairs’ that can be found around Polesden Lacey. This involves, carefully inspecting each chair for sign of new damage before dusting the wood, vacuuming the fabric and finally buffering the wood to redistribute old wax and […]

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White and Fluffy – the hazards of mould

We’ve all been there – picking up your bread in the morning ready for breakfast only to find it spotted with that horrible white and green fluffy stuff…mould. You may even been unfortunate enough to have suffered with mould outside the kitchen perhaps on the walls of your house or in particularly dark and damp […]

The main bell board at Polesden Lacey

Polesden’s hidden interiors

Lots of people visit the house at Polesden Lacey and ask us why we only have a few upstairs rooms on display. When Mrs Greville left the house to the National trust in 1943 she left it for the express purpose “to be held and preserved for ever by the National Trust….For the use and […]

Jonathan, our House and Collections Manager, using a badger hair brush and raking light to dust the painting

Back and Forth: Polesden’s Exhibition Loans

‘Here today, back… in a little while’.  That’s the story of some of Polesden’s collections that have been here, there and everywhere in temporary exhibitions recently.  Thought a National Trust house wasn’t really part of the exhibition scene?  Think again.  Polesden Lacey’s wonderful collection of paintings, ceramics and objets d’art, is not called ‘world-class’ for nothing, […]