I have just noticed two new blogs about the continuous process of conservation going on at the historic houses of the National Trust.
Rob’s Blog at Dyrham Park is written by a trainee conservator working at Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire. He has been sharing his experiences of taking part in the cleaning schedule at the house that takes place every winter while the house is closed to the public. Rob describes how he goes about various conservation tasks, such as cleaning the swords and dusting the books.
In Nostell Priory Conservation Blog the team at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire, give an insight into what goes on behind the scenes there. Recent posts include putting the winter covers on furniture and sculpture and tackling an outbreak of mould in the Museum Room.
What I am finding so fascinating about these blogs is that they allow us to see actual people telling us about their actual, methodical, day-to-day care for the collections. No TV-makeover atmosphere here – this is the real thing.