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Behind the scenes

We have a dedicated team of conservation assistants who help to care for the objects in our collection.

Their work is about conservation not restoration, so they carry out good housekeeping each day to greatly reduce the likelihood of harm to the collection.

Busy, busy, busy

  • Blickling Lake © Nick Meers

    Tick-tock, tick-tock

    We have about 3 hours each day to prepare the house for visitors. Cushions plumped and flowers freshened!

  • Opening our doors © Paul Bailey

    Housework

    The grand staircase is a big part of any visit to the house and the 48 treads must be vacuumed every day.

  • A selection of cleaning products used by our housekeepers © Helen Bratt-Wyton

    Carefully does it

    Soft brushes, cloths and special shoes are used to make sure historic carpets and furniture are protected.<...

  • Cleaning some of our statuary © Paul Bailey

    Wash & brush up

    A whole week each year is devoted to cleaning and inspecting our collection of garden statuary.

Find out how we restored this chest

This important piece of furniture has been at the Hamilton Kerr institute in Cambridge undergoing a programme of conservation and restoration. We now believe that the core of the chest is likely to be 15th century.

What is white japanning?

Experts often visit Blickling to study objects in our collection of furniture and paintings.

Read about the decorative technique of white japanning in this article by Marta Czyz.

Treasure hunt blog

Emile de Bruijn, registrar for collections and grants © James Dobson

Ever wondered about the stories behind the objects we look after? Treasure Hunt is a blog written by our registrar and collections enthusiast, Emile de Bruijn, who shares his delight in some of our more unusual items.

Book conservation

caring for the book collection © Kenny Gray

This team of specialist volunteers from the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies works at Blickling each week, caring for our important book collection. It takes 4 years to check and clean the whole collection of 12,500 books before starting all over again.

The sewing circle

The talented sewing circle make new costumes and carry out important repair © Jo Bosch National Trust Images

This team have important practical and creative skills which are put to good use. They research and create costumes for our interpretation team, as well as everyday but important sewing jobs such as dust sheets and sandbags.

Flower arranging

The glorious fresh flowers make Blickling Hall feel like a home © Jo Bosch National Trust Images

We try to present this iconic house as a home, and fresh flowers are picked by our volunteers from our walled garden each week. They're used to bring colour and fresh scent to our rooms.

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