Countdown to opening in March
Right up until we open again in March we continue condition checking and cleaning the contents and fabric of the Messel Family Rooms.
We use this time to carry out many of the finishing touches such as; black leading the fire backs and polishing the parquet floors. It is these additional touches that help to make the Messel Family Rooms look really special.
Looking after our paintings, like much of our collection, requires us to carefully monitor light levels and humidity to avoid mould growth, flaking and fading. As well as monitoring the environment, there are smaller, more practical steps that we can take to prevent damage, for example, we place discs of cork or wedges of plastazote behind paintings to provide separation from the wall. This provides air flow and reduces the risk of creating a microclimate behind the picture, which would likely cause mould growth.