Building conservation

We protect historic buildings and buildings in the wider landscape. Our building conservation team works hard to ensure they are preserved for ever, for everyone using traditional conservation techniques

Three letters dating back to the seventeenth century have been discovered under the floorboards at Knole in Kent.

Newly opened

The hidden painting in Morris' bedroom

Pre-Raphaelite discovery at Red House 

Concealed behind a wardrobe at Red House in Kent, conservation staff have made a startling discovery. Originally thought to be two painted figures, the artwork in Morris' bedroom has now been revealed as a whole wall painting and is believed to be the work of William Morris and his friends, all of whom are renowned Pre-Raphaelite artists.

Preserving history

Conservator Carmen Vida cleaning a decorative set of Flight, Barr & Barr porcelain from the Ballroom.

Meet the conservators 

Hard at work in the conservation studio at Knole is a team of six dedicated conservators, tasked with preserving the ornate collection for years to come. Specialising in everything from paper and paintings to furniture and frames, the team can be seen in the studio every week from Wednesday to Saturday.

Conservators Judy Wetherall and Pete Jenkins retouching one of eight gilded sconces in the new Conservation Studio

Faded magnificence: Rescuing Knole and its collections from decay 

Discover more about our work to save Knole in Kent from centuries of damp and decay. Curator Emma Slocombe explores the project as its state-of-the-art Conservation Studio opens to the public.

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