Many hands make light work at Gunby

Gunby conservation team in front of house

When the house is closed to visitors, the Gunby conservation team gives all the collection pieces a good 'deep winter clean'. It's a big help that for the last few years staff and volunteers from nearby National Trust places the Workhouse and Tattershall Castle come to clean too.

The house staff at Gunby are lucky to have many regular volunteers who help out keeping the house and collection in tip-top condtion, but once a year reinforcements from other properties get brought in too.

It's great to get help from volunteers from nearby National Trust place the Workhouse
Volunteers from the Workhouse are helping with conservation at Gunby
It's great to get help from volunteers from nearby National Trust place the Workhouse

'Because we're only closed to visitors for a brief time before our Christmas openings, it's wonderful to get help from experienced staff and volunteers from the Workhouse and Tattershall Castle.', says Gunby Senior House Steward Wendy Jackson. 'We always look forward to this time of year and get so much done in a short space of time'.

The rooms are cleaned from top to bottom
A Gunby conservation team member is cleaning the inside of a window
The rooms are cleaned from top to bottom

The teams from The Workhouse and Tattershall look forward to coming as well, and many have been coming for the past few years.

Brushes and a special 'museum vac' are used to clean the back of this painting
Conservation volunteer cleaning back of a painting
Brushes and a special 'museum vac' are used to clean the back of this painting
" I always enjoy coming to help with the winter clean at Gunby. It's interesting to work in a totally different type of property to the Workhouse and to be part of the wider portfolio team."
- Sarah Gates, Property Assistant at the Workhouse
Fine gauze is used when vacuuming up dust to protect delicate historic fabrics
Gunby conservation team members carefully vacuuming up dust from historic curtains
Fine gauze is used when vacuuming up dust to protect delicate historic fabrics
" It has been a very rewarding experience knowing I am helping out a sister property and gaining invaluable knowledge about a more diverse collection than I am used to dealing with."
- Jacqueline Churchill, Senior House Steward at Tattershall Castle
It's a big job to record the condition of each collection item at Gunby
A Gunby conservation volunteers is keeping records of the condition of collection items
It's a big job to record the condition of each collection item at Gunby
" Three years I've been helping - and only now do I find out there's a 'Harry Potter'- style cupboard under the main stairs! I love Gunby; there's always something new every year."
- Lisa Austin, Volunteer at the Workhouse
During the annual winter clean all collection pieces come out of their cupboards and drawers
A Gunby conservation volunteer cleaning items in the dining room
During the annual winter clean all collection pieces come out of their cupboards and drawers
" Who knew that conservation cleaning could be so engrossing and interesting? An excellent opportunity to see behind the scenes at a rather more grandiose property."
- Lesley Piper, Volunteer at the Workhouse
Some elbow grease is required when cleaning Gunby's brass fireplace fenders
A Gunby conservation team member is cleaning a brass fender
Some elbow grease is required when cleaning Gunby's brass fireplace fenders