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.
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.
One day every week, there will be demonstrations and a chance to learn more about how we care for our books with our expert volunteers. There will also be a book conservation week, where our conservation assistants will look through every book in the library, check them against the inventory, and give them a good clean.
Volunteer Statue Cleaners from Cliveden gave the house team guidance on how to clean the statues at Basildon Park, and the statues were thoroughly cleaned and checked on the inventory. The house team has recently wrapped the statues for the 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
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 can have a new experience of the room. It has also exposed the fire damage caused by a fire in 1947.
Red staircase conservation
From January 14 -February 15, we will be undertaking some essential conservation on the red staircase and the lay lights above it.