Conservation at Coughton Court
Conservation is an ongoing task at Coughton Court. The winter months are often the busiest time for the conservation team who carry out a whole host of projects to protect and preserve our collection.
Nicholas, the National Trust's Manuscript Conservation Adviser, has been onsite to collect information about a few of the books we have in our collection. Once he has assessed their condition and advised us on what conservation work needs to be carried out we can then commission a conservator to undertake the remedial work.
This year a selection of 16th – 19th century paintings underwent extensive conservation work. This includes checking the paintings’ condition, framing, checking of fixings, surface cleaning, and retouching and varnishing if required.
It’s also the perfect time to carry out the deep clean on the house, which involves giving the collection a thorough cleaning, using modern equipment such as specialist vacuums and more tradition techniques with specialist brushes and conservation techniques to clean the most delicate items.
The tapestry from the Front Hall, which partly depicts the mythical story of the founding of ancient Rome, has also been restored by a specialist textile conservator. The tapestry has been taken down, cleaned, re-lined and re-hung to ensure its continued presentation and stability.
" Visitors love to take a look around the beautiful historic properties in our care, but most people don’t realise how much work goes into the protection and preservation of them. Just maintaining one site requires a huge ongoing programme of repairs, painting and conservation – with things such as dust, light and temperature all having a negative effect on properties and objects over time. "
By carrying out this much-needed work, our aim is to care for and protect this special place for current and future generations to enjoy. The work is intensive, but we hope our visitors would agree, very worthwhile!