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Item of the month

There are 13 other soup plates in this dinner service © National Trust

There are 13 other soup plates in this dinner service

The garden isn't the only place you can see a beautiful floral display this summer.

This soup plate is part of the Chinese dinner service and dates from the 1780s. Due to its age and fragility, it was rarely used by the Watt family and now takes pride of place in the large cabinet in the first room you visit.

The collection

Speke Hall was restored in the 1800s. There are only a few Tudor items remaining but the contents are a wonderful mixture of carved oak furniture, stained glass, tapestries, ceramics, books, paintings, arms and armour.

Tidying the Textiles Store

It's not just a linen cupboard, our Textiles Store is a big room. It needs to be to store all the carpets, tapestries and other fabric items that can't currently be displayed in the Hall. This spring cleaning video was filmed over the course of a whole day. Yes, it took that long to move everything out and clean the shelves.

Restoring the shine

Wax on..wax off... © National Trust/Alex Muir

Wax on..wax off...

It's a tricky job to care for all the items in our collection and some of them need more looking after than others. It takes a lot of elbow grease to keep the Gillows billiard table looking smart.