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Tackling new damask challenges

The tester (top) of the bed has been particularly challenging. It was the only part of the bed to have original eighteenth century damask on it which we were keen to preserve. However we need to fix new damask to a curved surface too which is a very tricky job for the conservators. Thanks to some clever use of separating barriers and traditional Japanese starch glue the conservators got there in the end!

The top of the state bed before it was restored, Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire


Temporary bed installed for visitors to enjoy

Since the bed went we’ve been left with quite a lot of space, so we’ve decided to fill it with a temporary one. It’s by no means as grand as the original, but it’s not supposed to be. You’re invited to enjoy the view of the room from the Ked Bed, so jump on and tag us in your selfies on social media! Look up while you’re lying there and you’ll be able to find out more about the restoration project too.

Ked Ted sitting on the temporary state bed at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

09 Feb 15

State bed is dismantled

We’ve carefully taken the state bed apart to get it ready for transport, as it’s far too big and grand to take out of the room in one piece. Conservators will now spend time in the studio cleaning, repairing and replacing bits of carving carefully and getting the gilding of the plumes and feet of the cedarwood bedposts.

Conservator working on some carving of the state bed, Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire