The Mount Stewart project team

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A large team of people are making the project happen; this includes the contractors H & J Martin as well as specialists in heritage building conservation, conservators, curators and two apprenticeships in the joinery team.

The project is being managed by National Trust employee Dennis Wright.

'We have an excellent design team, a very competent contractor and a very dedicated and motivated team of National Trust consultants all striving to make the project a huge success', Dennis Wright, Project Manager.

The main contractors are local company H & J Martin. Maurice Ferguson is currently Project Manager at Mount Stewart leading the Contracting Team and liaising with the National Trust.

'Mount Stewart is a bit different from most buildings you get to work on and the technical challenges are ever present but finding solutions are what I enjoy the best.'

Our project conservator works alongside the house team and volunteers to pack and protect the contents of rooms in advance of building works. The team also undertake cleaning of objects and keep the rooms open for visitors during the project.

The project curator Frances Bailey carries out research providing information about the house to steer how the house will look at the end of the project. She also advises on which rooms need to be redecorated and where conservation work should be concentrated such as paintings, furniture, textiles, and fixtures and fittings.

Specialist conservators who work alongside the project team include Fergus Purdy, Furniture Conservator, Cathy McClintock, Textile Conservator, and Jane McCree, painting conservator.