Winter conservation at Packwood
Traditionally during winter Packwood has had a closed season, during which many larger projects and activities such as the deep clean would have taken place. This year Packwood has been open 363 days a year which has bought about new challenges for the team but means visitors are able to take a glimpse into how we care for this beautiful property.
The Stained Glass in Queen Margaret’s Bedroom
Earlier this year the panel facing west towards the lake in Queen Margaret’s Bedroom, was letting in the rain and damp. The panel was taken by Holy Well Glass, who are specialist stained glass conservators, and a clear glass panel was then used to replace it and the leading around it repaired to make sure it was weatherproof. Whilst at the conservators they mostly looked at conserving previous repairs which had become worn. They then returned the panel to Packwood, and reset it in front of the clear glass panel to prevent further problems with weatherproofing.
Conserving Queen Margaret’s Bed
We are also currently restoring the bed hangings of Queen Margaret’s Bed with the help of a freelance textile conservator based in Warwick. This includes deep cleaning of the bed and hangings alongside preventative conservation which includes looking for things like mould, pests and damage. The bed hangings have been taken down and taken back to Warwick for repairs.
Recently the staff and volunteers from Baddesley’s conservation team came over to Packwood to help with the cleaning, waxing and polishing on the floors on the main visitor route through the house. This is a particularly rewarding job as the wooden floors really shine after a thorough clean ready for the year ahead.
One of our annual tasks is to replace the blue wool dosimeters which help us to monitor light levels in the house. Packwood is known for its beautiful tapestries so these clever little items allow us to gauge how much light the tapestry has been exposed to as the dye will fade at a measurable rate.
On your next visit to Packwood, if you spot a member of the conservation team as them what they’ve been up to recently and how they’re conserving Packwood for everyone to enjoy.