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

Saving our silks

Find out more about the save our silks project and the conservation work that has been completed

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 display of model boats from the Dunkirk landings at Arlington Court

Model ship conservation

The significant model ship collection at Arlington needs regular care and attention - find out more about how our team looks after these precious objects.

Caring for the textile collection 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. Please note the Speaker's state coach is currently not on display due to COVID and conservation restrictions.

A display of shells in the morning room at Arlington

The shell collection

Find out how over 3000 shells washed up at Arlington