All Creatures Great and Small

Hi, my name is Ellie and I have been here at Polesden Lacey since March as a Conservation Assistant Intern. From Chandelier cleaning (spot me in the photo on the recent blog post about this) to insect identifying and light monitoring to costume organising, the variety of the job is immense and I’m only here […]

We check every object on the inventory Including every object on every desk in the house!!!

A busy house team is a happy house team!

Its almost summer time and Helen , our Assistant House Steward, has an update on the House Teams activities so far this season. So what have we been up to since my last update and what’s coming up now we’re approaching the middle of the open season? Well we’ve finished our planned winter deep cleaning within […]


A passion for Art

Last week we held our first open book afternoon of the season, in total we hope to run 4 of these events this year. They give visitors the opportunity to get to see some of the books open and give them the chance to peruse the contents and see that not all the collection was […]

Mixture of droplets, flowers, spheres and star crystals in Gold Room's chandelier

The Gold Room’s Chandelier: seen in a new light

Yes it’s that time of year again, once again time to don our hard hats, steel-capped boots and our best Del-boy references, for the cleaning of the Gold Room’s chandelier and sconces.  With an estimated number of 4000 glass beads and droplets, the cleaning of this beautiful Baccarat chandelier is no mean feat, and takes […]

Briefing the Fire Brigade in preparation for salvage

Three Days with the Fire Bridage

Last week I attended an Emergency Planning and Salvage course in Dudley, near Birmingham. Jointly run by the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic England the 3-day course covered all the essentials of planning, protection and response for an emergency situation at a heritage site or property. We were lucky enough to be hosted by […]

This intricate carved rabbit has been attributed to Cartier

Objects of the Month: Easter eggstravaganza

Easter is at an end, the Easter eggs are all gone and the children have gone back to school. After a very busy two weeks here at Polesden Lacey we are now catching up with Conservation work and this week we will be cleaning the Chandelier in the Gold Room. Now is the perfect time […]


And the covers come off!

In November our team of Statue Conservation Assistants covered our some of our 50 statues for winter. Our work involved wrapping the statues up in giant sleeping bags in order to protect them from frost and the colder weather – these are made of a breathable polyester with a layer of multiple strips of aluminium foil ribbons […]


Getting to know Polesden

Hi! I’m Katarina the new Conservation Assistant at Polesden Lacey.  I thought I’d introduce myself to all of you and tell you about my first few weeks here at Pretty Polesden. Well.  How can I describe my first week?  Wonderfully manic would be about right.  I have had a taste of everything from condition reports, […]


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 […]