Senior House Steward, Mottisfont
Anna first started her National Trust career as a volunteer. She worked in several different areas before realising that it was caring for interiors that she most enjoyed, and has worked at Mottisfont since 2011.
Having a background in horticulture, I unexpectedly found myself volunteering for my local property when the nursery I worked for closed. It was a small, developing property and I was asked to look after a group of garden volunteers because I knew more about gardening than the staff.
From there I started helping in the tearoom, and developed a small shop. Eventually they brought in enough money to enable me to be paid. Over the following years I worked in Visitor Reception and Property Administration, but it was working in a house that I enjoyed the most and the path I chose to pursue.
Mottisfont gave me the opportunity to follow that path and I’ve been here since 2011. During that time there have been many changes together with plenty of learning opportunities. I enjoy spending time with specialists who come to the house; it helps both my knowledge and improve the information in our inventory.
Get to know a little more about Anna…
Favourite thing to do at work? Watching the mist floating along the Abbey Stream on an autumn morning.
Favourite pest commonly found in historic properties? Case bearing clothes moth.
Favourite book / film? It’s a Wonderful Life.
Favourite object at Mottisfont? Mrs Russell’s étagère.
Favourite tipple? A dry white wine or a cup of tea of tea after hoovering.