Rags to Riches

One of the most amazing things about working in a historic house is discovering the stories behind the property and particularly discovering more about the lives of those who have passed through its doors. Over recent weeks the house team have been busy doing conservation cleaning, supervising filming, completing pest management checks, environmental readings and […]

Apollo and Daphne, South Lawn Urn (see Daphne's arms turning into branches)

Hidden mythology: Polesden’s garden sculpture

Garden sculpture and statuary are often so much a part of historic houses’ gardens that we often forget to take a closer look.  Aside from being another beautiful adornment to ornamental gardens, garden sculpture often has its own hidden messages. Here at Polesden, our garden sculptures vary from quirky griffins, to towering columns, cute little […]


Porcelain Perfection

Ever since I started at Polesden I have been facinated by the large amount of ceramics that Mrs Greville collected. From the plates of the dining room table to the figurines in the Saloon, ceramics feature in almost every room. Judging by the amount of ceramics that were in her bedroom when the inventory was […]

Upstairs Downstairs

Upstairs downstairs The core of any country house has to be the army of servants busily scurrying around often unseen, making sure that everything is in order and the house runs like clockwork.  Here at Polesden Lacey we are hoping to introduce the visitor to more of the untold stories of the guests and servants […]

A Detailed View

Hi! My name is Paola and I have been doing an internship as a Conservation Assistant here at Polesden Lacey. The work is extremely varied and as well as getting involved with the day to day conservation care of the house and collection I also have my own project to work on. Every day I […]

A TOWN ON A FROZEN RIVER by Aert van der Neer (1603/4-1677) from the Corridor at Polesden Lacey.

Object in Focus: ‘A Town on a Frozen River’ by Aert van der Neer 1645-1650.

I thought I’d focus on this little painting as not many people take much notice of it and it is off the main visitor route and easily missed.  I’ll also come clean now and admit I am not an art historian, but did a BA in Geography so I’m doing this from a more geographical […]

Officers recuperating at Polesden Lacey in 1915

Society’s Soldiers

You may remember back in March when I mentioned all about our new display on WW1 within my post “Spring is here”. I spoke briefly about the use of Polesden Lacey as a Convalescent home for wounded soldiers. Anyone who has visited Polesden may well have seen the display within the smoking room or even have […]

Polesden Lacey

Starting out at Polesden

Hi! I’m Amy, & whilst I have already introduced myself as an Internship Conservation Assistant at Polesden Lacey, I have recently started as a full time Conservation Assistant here. This week i’ll be giving you an insight into my new role  and what I have been up to in the past few weeks. I am the […]

Mrs Greville as Mary Seaton

A Royal Read : Open Book afternoons

A fortnight ago we held our 2nd open book afternoon of the year, don’t worry if you missed it because the good news is we have two more to come, the dates of which are at the bottom of this blog. This time we looked at Mrs Greville’s connection to the Royal family and aristocracy. […]