The Messel family home
The house as you see it today reflects the personalty of Anne, Countess of Rosse, who lived here in the 1980s.
New for 2020
This year we're opening the house throughout the winter. In previous years we needed to close so we were able to deep clean each and every room, floor to ceiling. This year our plans are to spread our conservation cleaning over the year, but remain open so visitors can find out all about the work that we do and talk to the conservation team about why we do what we do - and how. If you're interested in our work, please check our website and social media pages for more details.
Nymans' book collection
Continuing on the theme of conservation, this January we'll continue a multi-year project to monitor and protect our extensive book collection. Our specialist conservator will check the condition of each book and, if necessary, will make custom-made ‘book shoes’ to place them in. Supports will also be added on the shelf lining to hold the text block in place and prevent further damage. This is just one of many projects taking place over the coming year.
Seasonal flower displays and the Broadwood piano.
The house will be adorned with seasonal floral arrangements created by our team of Volunteer Flower Arrangers. Our volunteers have a huge amount of experience, from flower arranging in churches and careers as professional florists to active participants of NAFAS, the National Association of Flower Arrangers. The atmosphere in the house will be complemented by music played on our 19th century ‘Broadwood’ piano. Our piano was custom-made for Ludwig Messel and until recent years was deemed to be unplayable. However, after being thoroughly assessed, cleaned and tuned by experts from John Broadwood & Sons, the piano was brought back to life and continues to be played by a regular team of volunteers. why not pop in and have a listen next time you visit?