Quebec House, in Westerham, Kent, is the childhood home of James Wolfe, who was born there in 1727 and spent the first 11 years of his life there.
Wolfe later became famous for leading the victorious attack on the French at Quebec in 1759, which was one of the key battles in the Seven Years War.
Wolfe was mortally wounded in that battle, and posthumously became a national hero. His slight figure and beaky profile became a patriotic brand, featuring in numerous paintings, prints, statuettes and so on.
Quebec House was given to the National Trust by Mrs J.B. Learmont in 1918. It is displayed with eighteenth-century furniture and furnishings.
Most of the internal fabric of the building was lost or altered over time. However, when the staff flat was recently rearranged to allow visitors to see the main bedroom, it was found that the walls there still have layers of paint going back to the 1630s.
The question now arises which particular decorative scheme should be shown. The 1630s scheme is very rare and seems to be worth showing in its own right.
However, the rest of the house is shown in a mid-eighteenth-century way, in accordance with the wishes of the donor.
Should we reveal the earlier scheme, or just record it and show the eighteenth-century scheme instead? The question is currently being discussed with various experts, and the visitors are being asked their opinion as well – so do let me know what you think.