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. […]


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 […]


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 […]