Caring for our collections in the Midlands

It's not just our amazing buildings and outdoor spaces that need constant care and monitoring. Each of our special places have their own beautiful and entirely individual collection that keep our staff, volunteers and specialist conservators very busy.

Please Do Not Touch sign on a glass display case at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire

Hands On or Hands Off? 

Our new project to discover the best ways to explain our conservation work to visitors.

Meet the conservators

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Rufford Uncovered

Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

2019 will be a year of rediscovery for Rufford with opportunities to take a closer look at our collection and explore how we care for objects.

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Blog: Newton House Conservation

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

This January, the National Trust team at Dinefwr will be working hard to carry out important conservation work inside our very special buildings. Go behind the scenes with our Senior Conservation Assistant.

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Conservation Studio at Knole

Knole, Kent

Discover how National Trust looks after their treasures with the Conservation Studio at Knole's interactive sensory displays ...

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Conservation at Felbrigg

Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate, Norfolk

Throughout the year, a huge variety of conservation projects take place here at Felbrigg, whether it be in the Hall, Gardens, or wider estate. With the continuing support of our volunteers, members and visitors, we are able to help conserve Felbrigg for future generations.

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Charlecote's pipe dream

Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

Raffle ticket sales will play a large part in funding our new heating project. Discover more about why this important new work is so necessary and how you can help.

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Resting rooms at Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey, Surrey

The house team carry out conservation work year-round to look after the house and its collection of over 9,000 items. As part of the conservation work, we sometimes have to close rooms to ‘rest’ them.

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Re-housing the Beatrix Potter collection

Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead, Cumbria

The conservation team at the Beatrix Potter Gallery are getting hands on, with a new project preparing items in the collection for the future.

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Autumn conservation week at Knole

Knole, Kent

Visit Knole during Conservation Week from Tue 3 - Sat 7 September and find out how we care for the house and its wonderful collections.

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The five agents of decay at Upton House and Gardens

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

A look at how we overcome the factors that contribute to the deterioration of our items and decorative features.

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Putting the house to bed

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Now that the main season is over, the house team will be working hard to ‘put the house to bed’ for the winter.

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Interior conservation work in 2019

Mottisfont, Hampshire

March 2019 - House Manager Sophie West looks ahead to some of the exciting conservation work we'll be doing in 2019: cleaning paintings, restoring original furtniture pieces and more conservation in action.

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Conservation work at Ham House

Ham House and Garden, Surrey

See the conservation of Ham’s precious objects in front of your very eyes.

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Knole's Showrooms Revealed

Knole, Kent

Find out more about our 'Inspired by Knole' conservation project in this second article in our series of conservation posts by Conservation Assistant Henry Weeds.

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Spring Conservation Week at Knole

Knole, Kent

Visit Knole during Conservation Week from Tue 4 - Sun 9 June and find out how we care for the house and its wonderful collections.

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Let there be light

Ham House and Garden, Surrey

Senior House Steward Sarah McGrady sheds some light on conservation research being carried out at Ham House.

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Hardwick's carpet collection - not made for walking on

Hardwick, Derbyshire

Within Hardwick Hall's historic collection are some rare and unusual carpets, some of which date from the time of Bess of Hardwick. As part of our conservation strategy, these carpets will be surveyed to assess their condition and understand the best preservation methods for the materials.

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Making conservation clear

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

We want our visitors to have the best experience possible, that’s why we’re taking part in a regional project called Hands On or Hands Off? At Upton House and Gardens, we are focusing on the language we use across the property to explain what can and can’t be touched.

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Spotlight on darkness at Erddig

Erddig, Wrexham

Why does the house at Erddig sometimes seem dimly lit? It’s the question we get asked the most!