Vicky Hand

Conservation Assistant, Mottisfont

Vicky Hand - Conservation Assistant

Vicky's love for conservation and historic houses started while studying for her BA (Hons) in Textile Design at Winchester College of Art. Here she was introduced to the history of art and conservation, and furthered her studies with an MA in Textile Conservation.

Mottisfont Conservation Assistant Vicky Hand at work on a laptop

My first placement was at Hampton Court Palace before working in a private studio as a textile conservator. I have been lucky enough to work on a variety of textiles from an Egyptian shroud to historic dresses, banners, tapestries and 1950s wall hangings. Clients included the V&A, The Royal Festival Hall, museums, private clients and of course, The National Trust.

I have now worked for the National Trust for nearly two years as a Conservation Assistant, after taking nine years off to bring up my two boys. The role has reignited my passion for conservation and allowed me to expand my knowledge of the running of an historic house while juggling family life.

My current projects include the continuation of inventory marking of the collection, pest identification and management, and book repairs of the Russell and Meade collection in the study. I was also involved in taking down the Whistler curtains before they went away for conservation.

Get to know a little more about Vicky…

Favourite thing to do at work? I love cleaning the glass crystal chandeliers within the house as they are fun to do and always have a sparkle at the end.

Favourite pest commonly found in historic properties? The two-spot carpet beetle because it is easily identifiable: black with two white spots on its back. 

Favourite book? Any art or crafts book.

Favourite object at Mottisfont? The Whistler Room and it’s curtains.

Favourite tipple? A morning mocha or an evening gin and tonic.