Restoring the Cabinet at Felbrigg Hall

The Cabinet at Felbrigg Hall

Throughout late 2017 and into 2018, our house team will be joined by specialist textile and painting experts to undertake a major conservation project in our cabinet room, to clean and restore the original damask wall coverings and carpet, as well as examine the furniture, paintings and collection in detail.

Restoring a room of treasures

The Cabinet Room at Felbrigg is a rare survival of a room designed to display collectables and treasures. William Windham II used this room to show objects acquired during his four year ‘Grand Tour’ to Europe in the 18th century. 

Our house team will be joined by specialist textile and painting experts to undertake a major conservation project to clean and restore the original damask wall coverings and carpet as well as examine the furniture, paintings and collection in detail.

Take a closer look than ever before to the Cabinet collection and see first-hand the conservation work necessary to look after it.

The Cabinet Un-Dressed

Our restoration work has begun.  Paintings and furniture have been removed to make way for a deep clean of the fabric of the walls and the carpet. Once completed by early next year, we will begin to take a closer look at the Cabinet paintings. 

Specialist cleaning of the paintings will take place in the Cabinet beginning in March, allowing visitors and volunteers to see first-hand the importance of our conservation work.  Over the 2018 season, we hope to look at all the paintings and hang them one by one as we finish - slowly bringing the decoration of the Cabinet back to life. There is one painting however that will never leave the room – The Siege of Amoy. This large painting will come down from the wall and stay on a specially adapted rack in the Cabinet throughout the season. 

It is an exciting project and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see both the Cabinet and our collection in a new way.