Many hands make light work at Gunby
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.
'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 teams from The Workhouse and Tattershall look forward to coming as well, and many have been coming for the past few years.
" 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."
" 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."
" 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."
" 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."