Putting the house to bed

The Library put to bed for the winter

November is when we begin important conservation work. We'll be condition checking and cleaning the both the content and fabric of the Messel Family Rooms.

Behind the scenes tour
Behind the scenes tour

Paper hats & polish tours

We will be opening our doors on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:30am for our ‘Paper Hats and Polish’ tours. These tours are free of charge and limited to six spaces. Tickets are available from reception. Each tour will show what we're working on in the showrooms, giving a small insight into the work we do. You'll still be able to visit the garden, woods and gallery right through the winter.

Working in the book room at Nymans
Working in the book room at Nymans

Conservation work in the Book Room

The tiny book room manages to cram in a surprising 1,101 books, mostly on literature and gardening. Over time the ceiling has cracked and is now in urgent need of repair. To do this we'll need to remove all the room contents and protect the fittings that can’t be removed before we start work.

Even the curtains will be taken down which will give us the ideal opportunity to closely examine them and be repaired, if necessary. Blackout curtains will be put up so that when the curtains are rehung they will be protected. Light is a major factor in the deterioraton of their condition and blackout curtains will prolong their life. 

The bookshelves will also be having some special treatment with the span of each shelf being made shorter to prevent books from being squashed where the shelves sag. The books themselves will be packed away while the ceiling is repaired and when the time comes to put them back on their shelves, they'll have ‘book shoes’ inserted to help conserve them. As a charity the National Trust receives no statutory funding and relies on supporter's generosity to help us look after Nymans with projects like these. Work starts on the 1 November.