I just wanted to mention some more lively blogs focusing on the conservation work taking place at the historic houses of the National Trust.
The Attingham Park Mansion blog has been chronicling the big winter cleaning and maintenance round, but also shows the results of archival research into the history of the Noel Hill family, the cataloguing of the collection of photographs as well as a recent Marie Claire photoshoot.
The Knole conservation blog shows the recent reinstatement of the Reynolds Room following an environmental control trial which involved a life-size mock-up of the room being placed in front of the walls (and which I reported on earlier).
The blog is also witness to the considerable problems that the house is facing with water ingress, often due to strange historical drainage solutions such as gutters that run inside the walls, demonstrating the need for the major conservation project that has just got underway there.
I have already mentioned Jennifer Craig’s blog about her project to recreate the costume worn by the lady in the Jacobean portrait we recently acquired for Dunham Massey, but Jennifer has since added a number of interesting posts about her research into seventeenth century embroidery and corset-making.
Jennifer also remarks how the recent cleaning of the portrait has shown that the colour of the lady’s jacket is oyster, rather than gold as we all thought prior to the removal of the old varnish – demonstrating the importance of conservation in not only protecting but also revealing the true nature of historic objects.