House Steward, Mottisfont
Zoe is putting all her studies and experience to good use as House Steward here at Mottisfont.
I started down this road after first completing my undergraduate degree in History of Art at Goldsmiths, followed by a postgraduate degree in Care of Collections at Cardiff University. During my time in Wales, I carried out a placement at the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture, where I developed an environmental management strategy for their Museum Accreditation application, and worked on a storage project with the Applied Art department at the National Museum, Wales.
I then joined the team at Hatchlands Park in Surrey as a fixed term Conversation Assistant, before moving back to London to work at the V&A, where my role allowed me to also assist the Preventive Conservation department with their pest management program. But having worked at Hatchlands, I was always keen to return to the National Trust and have been at Mottisfont for nearly three years now.
One of the main objectives of my role now focuses on working alongside the Visitor Experience Officer to create annually changing layers of house interpretation which aim to move, teach and inspire our visitors. This allows me to use my preventive conservation experience to create displays which promote the house and its collection, whilst also preserving it for many more future generations to come.
Get to know a little more about Zoe…
Favourite thing to do at work? Any winter cleaning from the scaffold tower. We get to see the rooms in a whole new light.
Favourite pest commonly found in historic properties? The giant grey silverfish – it’s new and it’s exciting.
Favourite book? Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Favourite object at Mottisfont? Does a section of wall count? Very high up in the Whistler Room there’s a paint pot and brush, which Rex painted on as part of his trompe l’oeil.
Favourite tipple? At the moment, sparkling water.