See the house in a different light
For the first time ever, the house is open every day throughout the year, giving more opportunities to see our preventative conservation work in action. Learn more about the various collections and watch our skilled conservation team as they take part in vital house-keeping projects...
Many of our visitors are fascinated about the work the team do in caring for the collection at Blickling. With the house being open daily we're giving you the opportunity to see behind the scenes and explore the house while the housekeeping team get on with their winter clean.
Cleaning the collection
You'll see a different focus every time you visit and room openings will vary daily. 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. This will change according to the room the team is working in and the care that needs to be taken.
You'll see different methods of cleaning as you explore from small ceramics and books to woodwork, stone flooring and furniture.
While you won't see each room dressed in the traditional style and some rooms will be covered to rest, this is a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of caring for the collection and getting closer to some of the items.
If you're not sure of the best way to care for leather, or would like advice on dealing with moths, the team will be ready and waiting for your questions. Feel free to ask them for tips or find out more about the work they're doing.
" It's a great opportunity for visitors 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. "
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 last year, 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.
Whether you're visitng in the depths of winter or the height of summer, the house will be open every day*. During winter months you can explore from 10.30am until 3pm with, last entry at 2pm. From 19 March, this will change to 12-5pm.
(*the house will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2018).
Share your thoughts
We'd love to have your feedback, so do get in touch and let us know what you've enjoyed or what you'd like to see more of.
We couldn't do it without you...
Every visit you make contributes to our vital conservation work... the cups of tea, pieces of cake, garden strolls, dog walks and books bought, help us to keep Blickling special for ever, for everyone.