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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]