Our work at Packwood House

Staff conserving a tapestry at Packwood House

Being famous for our beautiful tapestries we need to make sure we keep them in the best condition. And thanks to generous donations we're able to continue to care for them.

A tale of tapestries

Following a private donation of £30,000 the Verdure Tapestry, which is usually in the Long Gallery, is undergoing vital conservation work in Belgium and then at our conservation studio in Blickling. 
To celebrate this work, and to highlight the wonderful tapestry collection at Packwood, we have been planning a year (or two) of tapestries with interpretation around the house and a series of events, demonstrations and workshops focusing on textiles. 
Come and see what we do to keep Packwood House looking so fabulous, as well as preserving it for the future. We have regular Conservation in Action displays of our day to day work as well as special demonstrations to show you how to look after your own treasures. 

A big thank you

Thanks to your generosity, we have managed to raise £3,000 to help continue our work with the tapestries.
If every visitor to Packwood donated £1 towards restoring the tapestries, we would raise £80,000 each year, which would mean we could conserve two to three tapestries each time.

To care for our tapestries we...

  • keep them safe from light, heat, and visitors' fingers
  • clean them carefully with a goat's hair brush, every two or three years
  • know how to move them and display them properly
  • have them surveyed and get regular condition reports
  • send them to a textile conservator
  • send them to a state of the art, modern studio, where they are looked after by a team of experts