The Picture Gallery is now hosting its first exhibition following replacement of its roof light. After a 13 month project involving the best of the National Trust's architects and curators the gallery now benefits from high-tech glazing to protect the precious contents below from both ultra violet light and infrared radiation. Just as important, it is also weatherproof, unlike its predecessor. Care was taken to retain the original 1930s appearance and to many eyes nothing will have changed - except for the better.
At Upton we use both remedial conservation and preventative conservation.
We have to care for all aspects of the house, from the flagstones in the hall, to the wooden banisters and the long cased 1680s clock, as well as the magnificent collections of paintings and porcelain.
When you come and visit, find out why we put teasels on the chairs and ask us why we don't use gloves when cleaning porcelain. Also, how we stop artefacts in the house from becoming irreversibly damaged by light and how we maintain the house as a welcoming home rather than a museum.
Caring for the pool
The Mirror Pool was created as a stew pond in the Middle Ages to provide a supply of fresh fish for the table.
During autumn 2013 the pool was drained in order to investigate leaks which have now been repaired. Thousands of fish had to be temporarily re-housed in one of Upton's other pools.
Although unwelcome, this event provided a valuable opportunity to clear the pool of unwanted weeds and other vegetation.
The pool is fed by a natural spring and the wet winter enabled it to be replenished much earlier than had been anticipated. Apart from much clearer water there is no longer any clue to what has happened.