Parterre side elevation repairs at Hanbury Hall
As you visit over the next few weeks you may notice that the Parterre side of the Hall will be getting a bit of a face-lift. We are conducting a programme of conservation work that will restore the Parterre side 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 next few weeks all the exterior woodwork at the side 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 side of the Hall.
We will also be repairing and repainting the cupola on top of the Hall. This will include any repairs and repainting of the woodwork structure, as well as repainting and re-gilding the clock faces.
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, 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.
Will this affect your visit?
We hope that Parterre side elevation work going on over the next few weeks 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 and around the side for ease of access for the team working on the front elevation and also so that we comply with all Health and Safety legislation.
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.