Winter Conservation at Basildon Park
Over the quieter winter months here at Basildon Park, important conservation work keeps our house team busy. This allows us to make sure our showrooms and collection are in the best possible condition year round. Find out more about what our house team will get up to in the coming months.
Shifting the Dust
This winter, our conservation assistants are getting into all the tight corners to remove the dust which builds up over a year. They are going behind furniture, shinning up ladders to reach the cornices and cleaning intricately made objects. Each object in the collection gets personal attention, as we check its condition against our records and clean it.
This vital conservation work means that, whilst we strive to keep as many rooms open as possible, sometimes we may have to close some rooms to the public.
Find out more about how we care for our books with our expert volunteers on our book conservation week from Monday 27 – Friday 31 January. Our conservation assistant volunteers will be looking through every book in the library, checking them against the inventory, and give them a good clean. Please note these demonstrations are subject to volunteer availability.
Last year, volunteer statue cleaners from Cliveden gave the house team guidance on how to clean the statues at Basildon Park. The statues will be thoroughly cleaned, checked on the inventory and wrapped for winter from first to last frost, to protect them from all types of weather as frost can have a devastating effect on stone.
Library Rug Conservation
Last year, the historic rug in the library was becoming quite fragile, and to conserve it the house team cleaned and rolled up the rug with acid free tissue paper. This opened up the room and allowed us to change the layout of the furniture, so visitors had a new experience of the room. It has also exposed the fire damage caused by a fire in 1947.
Red staircase conservation
Find out more about the essential conservation we carried out on the red staircase, and look out for the restored areas on your next visit.
Coromandel Screen restoration
This year the Coromandel screen was returned to us, after it was restored by conservation company Tankerdale Ltd. We have now repositioned it in the library, where is it more protected with lower light levels.