I initially started at Clandon in 2001, where I worked in the shop offering visitors the chance to buy classic National Trust products such as preserves and postcards. Following a short break, I returned to Clandon, ultimately as a Conservation Assistant.
As one of three Conservation Assistants at Clandon prior to the fire, we used to prepare the house for opening each day, ensuring that the rooms and the objects in the collection were clean and ready for visitors. Over the winter months when the house was closed we would embark on a deeper cleaning of each room, recording the condition of each object.
Clandon was a wonderful example of its time in history. Not only was it designed to be impressive but it was an acknowledgement of the power and standing achieved by the Onslow family. It was an inspiring house in which to work as part of a dedicated team, all pulling together providing our visitors with an opportunity to share in the wonder, pleasure and enjoyment.