Caring for collections

Arlington is home to over 5,000 items from tiny exotic shells, to grand state carriages. Here you can find out how different collections are looked after.

Silk wall hangings in the Boudoir at Arlington Court

Help save our silks

This year we have launched a fundraising appeal to help save the beautiful gold and crimson silk hangings in the Boudoir. Find out more about the project, a special tie in exhibition, and how you can get involved.

The interior of an 1800s travelling chariot

Conservation at the Carriage Museum

Carriages are made of up many different and delicate materials, which all react differently to the atmosphere. Discover some of the challenges and conservation methods in caring for this special collection.

A conservator working on a model ship at Arlington Court

Model ship conservation

Swabbing the decks of our model ships

A group of costumes on display from a previous exhibition at Arlington Court

Caring for Arlington's costume and textile collection

Discover how delicate fabrics are cared for in the collection at Arlington

The Speaker's State Coach on loan to Arlington Court from the Houses of Parliament

Monitoring our special carriage

Discover how we monitor the Speaker's State Coach at the National Trust Carriage Museum.

A display of shells in the morning room at Arlington

The shell collection

Find out how over 3000 shells washed up at Arlington