Conservation Assistant, Mottisfont
After completing studies in Italy and The Netherlands, Alissa moved to the UK with hopes of putting her interests to good use. She gladly accepted a position on the House Team at Mottisfont and after a year in, she is still glad to be here.
I decided to make a career change as a late twenty-something and haven’t looked back since. After spending a year in Florence, Italy, I graduated with a Master’s degree in History of Art and Conservation. I then went on to complete a post-graduate internship in Amsterdam, which quickly became my favourite city in the world.
I have always been captivated by the arts and heritage, especially when it comes to our built environment. Like so many others, I am passionate about protecting places and spaces, particularly in the midst of emergency and disaster.
I am thankful for the opportunity to share these interests by leading the emergency salvage training here at our property, as well as supervising the recording and monitoring of Mottisfont’s decorative interior.
Get to know a little more about Alissa…
Favourite thing to do at work? I enjoy finding creative ways to inspire people, especially when it comes to the importance of protecting places.
Favourite pest commonly found in historic properties? Woolly bears (because of their name!)
Favourite book? East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Favourite object at Mottisfont? It’s not quite an object but I’m smitten with Maid’s Room Two. I would love to live there - it’s simple, bright, and full of crafts.
Favourite tipple? A big cup of chamomile tea.