The hidden side of Mompesson House
Hi, my name is Kate and I’m the new Conservation Assistant at Mompesson House and this is my first blog. Over the coming months I’m going to show you what I do here at Mompesson and how I do it. First of all let me tell you a bit about myself. My degree is in textiles and I have worked in theatres making costumes mainly for opera so this is a new direction for me but one I have been interested in for many years.
The Hidden House
On my first day here I was shown around and got to look at the hidden places in the house from the vaulted ceiling in the basement to the amazing 60s wallpaper in the Studio.
The Studio is a small building outside in the courtyard and was decorated by Denis Martineau who lived in the house from 1952 to 1975. This building is being converted into a new National Trust shop and will open in spring 2017.
The Picture Store
Back in the house I got goose bumps when we entered the picture store with the shutters hiding what I was about to see. The pictures are hung from floor to ceiling and sitting in the corner was an amazing model of the house itself.
I went up the wonky stairs to the attic where the floor undulates as you walk along the long corridor. It’s almost like being at sea. I also got the chance to go out onto a hidden roof terrace which nestles among the red roof tiles.
The Domestic Quarters
Back downstairs the volunteer’s room is in the old kitchen with its original fireplace and copper pots and pans on the shelves in the corner. Our office is the former housekeeper's room which does seem rather appropriate.
It’s such a wonderful house to work in and the staff and volunteers have made me very welcome.