Spring Conservation Week at Knole

Conservator at work in the new Conservation Studio at Knole

Visit Knole during Conservation Week from Tue 4 - Sun 9 June and find out how we care for the house and its wonderful collections.

Inspired by Knole's legacy

Following Knole's enormous Inspired by Knole conservation project, we continue to celebrate its legacy and the ongoing work required to maintain the exquisite craftsmanship showcased throughout the showrooms.

The week presents the opportunity to watch and talk to our knowledgeable conservation team, responsible for keeping the house in order and top condition. Each morning before Knole opens they are busy dusting, cleaning and taking care of the furniture, paintings and tapestries. They also carry out a deep clean when the showrooms are closed over the winter when every item – from the stunning silverware in the King’s Bedroom to the intricate carved picture frames in the Cartoon Gallery – is methodically cleaned and its condition recorded.

What's on during Conservation Week?

Meet the Knole showrooms conservation team who will share how conservation and housekeeping techniques have changed over the years (Tue - Sun, 12 - 3.30pm). Free event, normal admission applies.

During your visit you will have the opportunity to watch our specialist conservator Zenzie Tinker, who will be at work in the King’s Closet restoring the caffoy (woollen velvet) wall coverings, while over in the Conservation Studio, up close sessions will be taking place with the team of conservators (Wed – Sat, 12-1pm and 2-3pm). Free admission, conservation donations welcomed.

Knole Revealed

Join authors Nathalie Cohen and Frances Parton as they launch their book Knole Revealed, Wednesday 5 June, 4.30 - 6pm. The book discloses archeological, architectural and artistic secrets revealed during the Inspired by Knole project, which both authors and contributors were instrumental in delivering. The event is free, but booking is advised - book now via our website.

Please note that the showrooms will close early at 3.30pm during this week while the floors are waxed as part of the ongoing house conservation.