Our conservation work

Every scone you buy, every membership and every donation help to keep our special places special for ever. Find how you're helping our gardens and houses in this content round-up.

 Simon McCormack, conservation manager, making final adjustments to the newly restored state bed at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
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Our conservation principles

Find out about the six main principles behind our conservation work to understand how and why we protect the properties and landscapes we care for.

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Conservation at Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

The collection at Oxburgh Hall is maintained and conserved by our House Team. Find out how they make sure that Oxburgh can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.

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Dismantling the Spangled Bed

Knole, Kent

The glorious, 400-year-old Spangled Bed has now been taken apart so that it can be sent away for conservation.

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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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The Great Store

Knole, Kent

Admire Knole's precious collection of furniture and paintings up close in the Great Store, open 5 March – 30 October.

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Our work at Upton House and Gardens

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

From preserving pictures to relocating fish, there's always something to keep us busy.

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Conservation in action: chairs

Penrhyn Castle and Garden, Gwynedd

See how we care for the textiles in our collections. It's is a year round job!

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Conservation Week at Knole

Knole, Kent

Visit Knole during Conservation Week from 5-10 June and find out how we care for the house and its wonderful collections. Special events throughout the week provide an opportunity to talk to our conservators and experience their work first-hand.

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Our work at Packwood House

Packwood House, Warwickshire

We care for delicate tapestries in our collection; take a look at how we're using generous donations to preserve these works of art.

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An achievement in conservation

Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

In 2016 we embarked on a project to conserve the fragile funerary achievement displayed in the Priory Church. Follow our progress as we reach each milestone, and find out how you can make a difference.

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Unravelling the past at Hardwick Hall

Hardwick, Derbyshire

Learn about the incredible Elizabethan textiles and see how we're preserving them forever, for everyone.

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A time of change at Knole

Knole, Kent

Some areas of Knole are currently closed for building and conservation work, while several exciting new spaces will open this year. Find out what to expect from your visit today.

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Florence Court garden pond project gets underway

Restoration work is underway to restore the pond in the walled garden, improving the water quality for water plants, birds and wildlife.

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Our Work at Charlecote

Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

Find out more about our work, what you'll find us doing at the moment, and how you can help.

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How to care for furniture

See what our conservation experts recommend to look after your best or most-loved furniture from polishing tips to handling advice.

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A 17th-century house

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

Founded by civil servant William Blathwayt in the 17th century, Dyrham house is currently being transformed following a re-roofing project.

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The return of the Lucretia embroidery to Hardwick

Hardwick, Derbyshire

Hardwick is renowned for its collection of textiles and strong female story. The second of the four 'noble women' appliqué wall hangings - Lucretia - returned from conservation in 2016. Visitors will now be able to see her redisplayed alongside Penelope and discover more about their story.

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A mysterious cavity has been discovered in Cotehele House

Cotehele, Cornwall

When we took down a tapestry in the house, we were shocked to find a large crack in the wall. Through the gap we could see the wall enclosed a narrow cavity covering a window.