Front elevation repairs at Hanbury Hall

Hanbury Hall in the sunshine

This summer we are conducting a programme of conservation work from the first week in July that will restore the front elevation of the Hall. It is a great opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes as we look after our special places.

What is happening?

Over the summer all the exterior woodwork at the front of the Hall will be checked for any damage that may have occurred and re-painted. This is also a perfect opportunity for the team to monitor the condition of all the historic paint and glass that is at the front of the Hall.

We will also be repainting the Victorian porch at the front of the Hall and returning it to its original colour pallet, which will be brown instead of the cream that it is now.

As well as the front of the house we will also be painting all the ironwork in the forecourt a charcoal colour and also the two gazebos in the forecourt which will be painted.

One of the gazebos in the forecourt at Hanbury Hall
One of the gazebos in the forecourt at Hanbury Hall
One of the gazebos in the forecourt at Hanbury Hall

The paint we will be using for this work is a natural paint. The paint is made from naturally occurring raw materials of plant origin like linseed oil, of animal origin such as beeswax and milk casein, or from mineral raw materials such as chalk, earth and mineral pigments.

Why is this happening?

This is all happening as part of our general maintenance of the property. It is sometimes easy to forget that the outside of the Hall needs looking after just as much as everything on the inside! Here at Hanbury we look to repaint and repair all of the exterior woodwork every 5 years, and we do this by rotating around the Hall throughout the years.

Restoring the roof at Hanbury Hall
Restoring the roof at Hanbury Hall
Restoring the roof at Hanbury Hall

Will this affect your visit?

We hope that front elevation work going on this summer will have little or no impact on your visit to Hanbury as we will be operating as normal, and the Hall opening times will not differ during this period. The hall will have to have some scaffolding at the front for ease of access for the team working on the front elevation and also so that we comply with all Health and Safety laws.

Building conservation in action at Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire
 Outdoor conservation - scaffolding and protective cover erected whilst working on the roof at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire
Building conservation in action at Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire

There will be members of staff on site at all times and visitors will be more than welcome to talk to any staff members or contractors that will be conducting the work and ask any questions about what work is going on during their visit.

This work is vital to the upkeep and conservation of Hanbury Hall and wouldn’t be possible without the donations and funding that your visits provide.