Treasuring Petworth tours and Spotlight on Conservation
Over the winter months while the days are darker our Conservation Team carry out checks and deep-cleaning of the interiors and collection at Petworth. This winter from 2 January to 25 March 2018, join a tour of the mansion and discover more about the history of the Petworth collection and how we care for these treasures.
Please be aware that from 2 January 2018, the only way to view the state rooms is via a Treasuring Petworth tour or with a WIlliam Blake in Sussex exhibition ticket. Tickets for a Treasuring Petworth tour are limited and provided on a first come first serve basis. Please enquire on arrival. To avoid disappointment why not visit on a weekday for increased tour availability. Only selected state rooms are available on a tour and to enjoy the full extent of the Petworth collection please visit us again from 26 March 2018.
Petworth is filled with an extraordinary collection of art that plots a journey through major events in British history from Tudor Reformation and Civil War all the way up to the Napoleonic Wars. These works by notable artsits such as Turner, van Dyck, Blake and Flaxman stand as one of the most important collections in the care of the National Trust.
Join one of our guided tours visiting select rooms of the mansion and discover the history behind some of the collection at Petworth and how we go about taking care of these treasures for future generations to enjoy.
Over the winter months our conservation team systematically clean the interiors and collection of the mansion. We then close these rooms off to protect the most delicate items from harm.
On a Treasuring Petworth tour you won't be able to see every room of the mansion but you will be still be going behind the scenes to see some of the collection and you may see some of the team carrying out work to preserve items in the Petworth collection.
Spotlight on Conservation
In contrast to the grandeur and opulence of the mansion, for the first time we will be opening the Estate Offices on a free flow basis.
Built between 1803 and 1805, discover more about the agents and clerks that would have used these rooms to assist the 3rd Earl of Egremont in managing his estates and interests.
On display you will also find items you can touch, can you work out what the equipment would have been used for?
We'll also be putting the spotlight on some of our team. We'll be introducing you to some of the agents of the 19th century and comparing them to our current House Steward.
Normal admission prices apply and you can support our work by becoming a National Trust member at Petworth or paying gift aid admission and helping us to preserve the spirit of Petworth forever, for everyone.