Discover the Hall this autumn

Early Morning Light at Hanbury Hall

This autumn we will be opening the Hall from 11am for you to be able to wonder around at your own leisure.

This year our programming theme across the property is called ‘The Artist, the Gardener and the Queen’ which is a programme that explores the reign of Queen Anne and its impact on Hanbury. This is because we are lucky enough at Hanbury to have Sir James Thornhills wall paintings, which show the satirical scene of Queen Anne’s court and her relationships with Sarah Churchill and Abigail Masham.

We will explore these relationships and the impacts that they had on Hanbury and the country during the eighteen century. This is following the release of the award winning film ‘The Favourite’.

Wall paintings by Sir James Thornhill on the staircase at Hanbury Hall
Sir James Thornhill wall paintings at Hanbury Hall
Wall paintings by Sir James Thornhill on the staircase at Hanbury Hall

During your visit to the house you will see our conservation assistants dong some of their daily conservation routine of the Hall. As well as this they have to conduct a rolling programme of deep cleaning which includes condition reports and hunting for signs of insect invasion.

This is essential to the care of the building, furnishings, and out collections and is a central part of what we do to look after our special places.

This year the Hall will be open from 11am for you to enjoy.

The Thornhill paintings at Hanbury Hall
The Thornhill paintings at Hanbury Hall
The Thornhill paintings at Hanbury Hall

Conservation at Hanbury

Most of the rooms on the first floor of the Hall are cleaned during November when the Hall is quieter, which means that the ground floor needs to be completed during January and February which are also typically quieter months. Our deep cleaning schedule includes cleaning each room from top to bottom, including portraits, ceramics, carpets, and everything in between.  

Conservation work on the chandelier in the Great Parlour
Conservation of an 18th century chandelier
Conservation work on the chandelier in the Great Parlour

If you manage to see any of our conservation assistants on your visit then please do stop and ask any questions, they might even give you some tips on the best way to manage your own collection of ceramics and silver…

Each drop and chain has to be carefully removed, cleaned and reattached.
Each drop and chain has to be carefully removed, cleaned and reattached.
Each drop and chain has to be carefully removed, cleaned and reattached.