Our work

The formal gardens were created by the late Lady Hastings © Neil Stalker

The formal gardens were created by the late Lady Hastings

Bringing Seaton Delaval Hall to life

Since aquiring Seaton Delaval Hall the team have been lovingly nursing it back to life, section by section.

There's been challenges (such as nesting jackdaws) but we've had the pleasure of working with a wide range of experts such as stonemasons, builders and a vet! We're still not finished so keep popping back to see how it's progressing.

X-raying the Stucco statues

Unusual creatures for a vet to x-ray © Maureen Ritson

Unusual creatures for a vet to x-ray

To check the iron framework at the core of the stucco plaster muses which adorn the Central Hall, local vet, Stephen Bradley, brought along his portable x-ray equipment.

Teetering on 10 metre high scaffolding with stone and plaster conservation specialists, Trevor Proudfoot and Graciela Ainsworth, Stephen was able to take some remarkable images of the extremely delicate statues to help conservators halting the corrosion of the iron and preserving the statues.

Restoring the floor

The flooring looks like a jigsaw puzzle © Maureen Ritson

The flooring looks like a jigsaw puzzle

The Georgian floor tiles in the in the Central Hall have been carefully lifted and laid out on plywood, and their original positions are recorded allowing us to replace them exactly as before.

The black tiles have suffered more than the white as they have been de-laminated rather than just broken into pieces making the restoration process much more difficult. Now, pigments have to be carefully mixed with resin before the broken pieces can be bonded together - restored and re-used.

The chimney stacks

The jackdaws are nesting in the chimneys - just like their ancestors! © Maureen Ritson

The jackdaws are nesting in the chimneys - just like their ancestors!

Work to restore the chimney stacks was halted by nesting jackdaw chicks. Ironically, these could be the descendants of the jackdaws whose nests caused the devastating fire in1822.

Seaton Delaval Hall has been handed a vital lifeline after winning funding from the SITA Trust to save the central hall.

We couldn't have done it alone

Seaton Delaval Hall was handed a vital lifeline after winning funding from the SITA Trust to save the central hall. This allowed us to make the building safe for visitors, maintain and improve essential parts of the building and retain its character.

The buff coat made for Jacob Astley during the English Civil War © Maureen Ritson

The buff coat made for Jacob Astley during the English Civil War

Conservation blog

There's so much conservation work happening at Seaton Delaval Hall - including the preservation of some of our delicate collection pieces, so the conservation team has launched a blog to keep you informed about what's going on.

To discover the latest conservation news please check out their blog.

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