No we haven’t disappeared into hibernation for the winter – for us it’s busier than ever!
As you can see from previous posts it’s certainly not quiet here in the winter. One of the biggest challenges is to plan what we have to get done around all the events and contractors that come in over this time As this will be our last winter where we will be closed, the pressure is on to make the most of our time alongside the scheduling issues that arise. Christmas will also be taking up more days this year as we open 7 dyas a wekk from 4th – 23rd December and come January we will be having rather a lot of scaffolding going up in the Central Hall to mend and repaint the ceiling as well as take the opportunity to assess our tapestries.
Recently Caroline and I joined house staff from around the region to look at how we might do this in the future alongside the NT preventive conservation advisors to make sure we don’t ‘miss bits’. It was a really useful day not only to find out more and get tips from properties that are already open 363 days a year, but also to catch up with colleagues who we don’t get to see that often. Top tips included ‘plan, plan and then plan some more’ and thinking around what already works well at each property in terms of style, stories and room layouts.
So what do we have to fit in this winter…
High level areas such as the Central Hall rerdos and the ceramicsin the upper alcoves of the Library
Upstairs areas that aren’t being used for Christmas as changing rooms
Contractors – it’s the Hall ceiling this time but last year we had to take up some of the flooring in the Hall
Areas needed for visitor access such as doorways and corridors, including rolling the carpets
Polishing the Hall floor – known as the ‘big polish’ this is done by hand as last year took 10 of us two hours
Christmas! With a 1930s theme this year it takes at least two weeks to set up and another two weeks to clear, but is a lot of fun in between. Watch this space and the Polesden Lacey Website for mor details
Happy winter season everyone!