Investigation into an Elizabethan staircase and winter conservation at Montacute House

Visitors on the stairs

National Trust staff will be investigating the hidden bones of Montacute House, in Somerset over the winter to determine what conservation work is needed on the 500-year-old Elizabethan mansion

National Trust staff will be investigating the hidden bones of Montacute House, in Somerset over the winter to determine what conservation work is needed on the 500-year-old Elizabethan mansion.

 

Sonja Rogers, the National Trust’s House and Collections Manger for South Somerset, said: ‘The investigation is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the construction of the building and gain a better understanding of alterations that have been made through the years.’

 

The work into the structure of the house involves the lifting up floorboards to look into floor and ceiling voids for damage and deterioration. Once the team have this rare access into the original structure of the house, they will begin mapping the heating pipes installed in the 1920s. This investigation has huge historical and architectural significance as the Trust will learn and discover more about the construction of this Elizabethan mansion, which will enable the National Trust to conserve the building in its original state.

 

As a result of the conservation work going on inside the house some areas will be closed to visitors throughout the winter (November – February).

 

Sonja Rogers said: ‘This will be a really interesting winter for us at the house – we’re intrigued by what we might find! The work will help us protect the house for the nation for many years to come.’