Let's have a conservation conversation

A member of the conservation team cleaning a chandelier

If it's a Tuesday, join us for a conservation conversation in the house. From ceramics to leather and books to flooring, we'll be talking about it all...

Many of our visitors are fascinated about the work the conservation team do in caring for the collection at Blickling.  With the house being open daily from 12 - 5pm until the end of October, we're having a special focus every Tuesday on our conservation work.

Cleaning the collection

As you enter the house on a Tuesday, you'll see a very different focus. As well as displays of equipment the team use, you'll find information boards and enthusiastic volunteers positioned around the house, each with a different aspect of conservation cleaning to share with you.

You'll see different methods of cleaning as you explore from small ceramics and books to caring for leather, woodwork, stone flooring and furniture.

" As our Conservation Tuesdays progress, we're really hoping to involve our visitors more and more. It's a great opportunity for them to get up close and personal with many items from the collection and find out more about the intricate and fascinating work the conservation team do. "
- Jan, House Manager

How do you clean a chandelier?

The conservation team will be undertaking their daily jobs around the house, as well as more complicated tasks that would ordinarily be completed behind closed doors.  If you've ever wondered how a chandelier is cleaned, then you may well have the opportunity to see the team in action. 

Protecting the carpets

If you follow us on Facebook, you will have read about the work we've been doing with flooring specialists Eyemats Ltd.  Eyemats are a unique conservation flooring system that can protect and visually replicate precious and historic flooring. The photography captures the texture of carpets, the grain of wood or the patina of stone.

Having spent some time in November, photographing our fragile, historic carpets, they have produced four replicas which are now in situ in the house. See if you can spot them when you visit and let us know what you think.

Learn how to care for our beautiful collections
Conservator cleaning porcelain with a fine brush

See you on a Tuesday

So, come and join us for a conservation conversation, for a unique insight in to the world of cleaning Blickling Hall.

The special focus will only be during term-time, and please be aware that there is a shorter route around the house, so our 'Lothian and India' theme will not be so visible on these days. 

Share your thoughts

We'd love to have your feedback on Conservation Tuesdays, so do get in touch and let us know what you've enjoyed or what you'd like to see more of.

Woman having tea and cake

We couldn't do it without you...

Every visit you make is helping us conserve the estate for future generations... the cups of tea, pieces of cake, garden strolls, dog walks and books bought.