Mompesson House conservation blog

Welcome to the Mompesson House conservation blog, written by our Conservation Assistant Kate.

Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness, the Angel showing her the well.

Stumpwork at Mompesson House

With a background in textiles, our Conservation Assistant Kate feels a particular affinity with the stumpwork pictures at Mompesson. Here she tells us why getting close to these beautiful pictures is such a privilege.

Drinking glasses ready to be cleaned

Cleaning the Turnbull collection

Find out how the conservation team have been cleaning the Turnbull collection of 18th-century drinking glasses as part of the winter clean.

Starting to decorate the dining room table

Getting ready for Christmas at Mompesson House 2017

In this festive blog post Kate talks about preparations for opening the house at Christmas.

John Ellicott clock in the entrance hall

The heartbeat of the house

Each of Mompesson’s six clocks have their own unique personalities, writes our Conservation Assistant, Kate. All added together, however, they bring the house to life.

Staircase windows

Light at Mompesson House

The daily opening of the shutters floods the house with light but how does this affect the collection? Kate looks at the different ways that light is monitored to protect the collection whilst still creating a wonderful experience for visitors.

The spectacular staircase at Mompesson House

The staircase at Mompesson House

Find out this month about the history and upkeep of our spectacular staircase at Mompesson House, including our homemade cleaning products.

Checking the pest traps

Pests at Mompesson House

Stopping pests eating the house and collection is not a job for the faint hearted. Armed with a microscope and a hoover our Conservation Assistant Kate tackles these tiny foes.

Setting the dining room table

Reopening Mompesson House 2017

As the doors reopen at Mompesson House for the start of the season, we look behind the quiet facade to see what’s involved in getting the house ready for the public.

The green room covered in dustsheets

Winter cleaning at Mompesson House 2017

The winter clean is a vital part of how the National Trust looks after its collections. From behind Mompesson‘s closed doors our Conservation Assistant Kate lets you in on a few Trust secrets.

Setting up the table in the dining room

Getting ready for Christmas at Mompesson House 2016

We're getting ready to reopen the house on the 26 November to celebrate a Georgian Christmas. Kate tells you about some of our preparations.

View from an attic window

The hidden side of Mompesson House

There’s a hidden side of every National Trust house. Secret rooms, quiet corridors and stairways behind locked doors. In her first blog post Kate explores the hidden side of Mompesson House.