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Sanjay Singh opening Rembrandt Revealed exhibition on 12 June 2014 © National Trust

Sanjay Singh opening Rembrandt Revealed exhibition on 12 June 2014

Since 2013 players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported National Trust projects across England and Wales with awards totalling £200,000.

The first award of £100,000 enabled the exciting investigations into a self-portrait at Buckland Abbey, leading to the astounding confirmation of our first ever Rembrandt painting. The restoration and exhibition of this extraordinary piece, which hit the headlines in June, was also entirely thanks to the support of players.

This year’s award has enabled us to provide specialist conservation to four more projects:

Sir Jacob Astley’s Buff Coat and Doublet is a significant part of the collection at Seaton Delaval, illustrating the history the great military figure who served under some of the finest commanders of his age and was a key Royalist Commander of Charles I. Adorned with gold and silver silk thread, decorative buttons and intricate fastenings, the Buff Coat is a rare survivor and a beautiful piece that speaks of its period and the politics of the time. An award from players of People’ Postcode Lottery supported vital conservation to the Buff Coat, which included micro-cleaning the leather and protecting split silk linings, reattaching the loose elements of metal thread braid and silk ribbon. Alongside portraits of Sir Jacob and his wife Agnes Impel, the conservation of the Buff Coat and Doublet will give visitors an exceptional insight into the life and career of one of the key figures in the history of Seaton Delaval Hall.

The magnificent carpet which characterises Stourhead’s great Saloon, is an 19th-century Axminster with a Persian design of large lotus and flowering stems on a scarlet ground, with meandering plants in a rose-red border. It is the oldest original carpet in the house and was rescued by servants from a devastating fire in 1902. Having lived through the turbulent war period and being covered by heavy furniture such as the Steinway grand piano for many years, it had been in need of support for a long time. With the fantastic support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery the carpet is now receiving careful cleaning and conservation from the Tetley Workshop in Devon, who are adding support to the damaged areas and restoring some of the losses such as splits and holes.

We were delighted to acquire the Merryweather steam-powered fire-extinguishing water pump, as it is the only large industrial object at Penrhyn which is indigenous to the Castle. When it arrived it was in need of full conservation, and thanks to an award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery we are able to stabilise the structure; repairing the wheels and driver's seat, conserving the interior of the pumps and steam chest, removing a well-oxidised grease coating which the previous owner had put over all surfaces, and conserving the vulnerable paintwork. The work is being carried out in full view of the public within the Railway Museum.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported the lacquer work conservation of an exquisite eightfold screen and pair of chests, as a part of Osterley Park’s prolific exhibition ‘The East India Company: Osterley’s Forgotten Architect’, which highlights Osterley’s extensive links to the trade which has brought such extraordinary objects to the house. The screen’s hinges will be repaired and flaking, chipped lacquer consolidated, with some structural conservation carried out to the bottom edge. The chests will also undergo treatment to stabilise damaged lacquer and restore the surface finish. Conservation is being carried out in the basement of the house which is fully accessible for visitors to see and ask questions.

About the People's Postcode Lottery

Players of people’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £49.3 million for good causes. For every £2 you spend with People’s Postcode Lottery, 50p goes directly to charities like us.

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Once their postcode is registered, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have the chance to win a prize every day:

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