Caring for the house over winter

Conservation assistants working in the house at Cragside

The house will reopen on Friday 9 February 2018, but for now learn how it is cared for when it is closed

Winter is one of the house team's busiest times. Every room in the house is cleaned, starting from the highest point on the ceiling, right down to the floor. Rooms such as the Drawing Room and Long Gallery require scaffolding to reach the high ceilings.

Because the collection in the house is so vast and varied, our conservation assistants use a mixture of brushes to clean with. Bristled hog's hair brushes are useful for getting into carved details on furniture, whereas soft pony hair brushes are ideal for removing dust from the more delicate items.

Everything in a room (unless too delicate) will be cleaned over the next couple of months, from light fittings, picture rails, furniture, and even the surface of oil paintings.

The library when the house is closed. All small items are packed away, furniture is cleaned and covered and textiles are cleaned and covered.

Winter wonders: Cragside house behind the scenes conservation tour

Discover the house when it's being cared for in winter on this guided tour