Polesden Lacey's house blog

Welcome to the Polesden Lacey house blog. The conservation team update the blog almost every week. Watch this space for the latest news about conservation activities, exciting historical research and vacancies in the team.

A black and white photo of soldiers in the gardens at Polesden Lacey

Polesden's wounded officers

Find out about volunteer Janet's research into the officers who recuperated at Polesden during WWI.

Two volunteer examine books to create a condition report

In-depth book condition reporting

Charlotte explains the challenges of creating a report for all 1787 books in Polesden's library. Find out about the dangers of mould, humidity, bookworms and more.

A black and white photograph of staff at the back of Polesden Lacey in 1915

Personal stories from the Battle of the Somme

This week on the house team blog we're commemorating the Battle of the Somme 100 years on and exploring Polesden's connections to some of the men who died at this terrible battle.

A view of the Gold Room at Polesden Lacey with the piano in the foreground

Tickling the ivories 20 June 2016

This week on the house team blog, Rachel explores the history of the Steinway piano at Polesden Lacey and explains how the house team care for it.

A line of servants stand at the back door at Polesden Lacey

Upstairs Backstairs 6 June 2016

This week on the house blog House Steward Tracey Parker talks more about Polesden Lacey's servants, their lives and the untold stories we hope to reveal as we restore more unseen spaces in the house.

a section of an early fourteenth-century triptych, depicting the Virgin and Child enthroned by Saints

Peek at a Painting: The oldest example in Polesden's collection

This week on the house team blog Kat takes us deeper through the mysteries and symbols of medieval paintings.

A view, looking west, across to Ranmore Common

Diary of a new volunteer room guide May 3 2016

This week in the house team blog a new volunteer room guide named Carol gives us an insight into what its like to start volunteering at Polesden Lacey.

A small black Faberge dog with rub eyes

The great collection hunt 29 April 2016

This week on the house team blog, Helen talks about one of the year's biggest conservation tasks - checking through the inventory to make sure everything's in line.

A watercolour painting of Polesden Lacey

James Lees-Milne: the acid tongued art connoisseur 18 April 2016

This week in the house team blog Kat looks into who James Lees Milne was and his connections to Polesden Lacey.

A historic illustration of the Taj Mahal

The maharaja's gift March 28 2016

This week on the house team blog, we take a closer look at one of the extravagant gifts given to Margaret Greville by an Indian maharaja.

Naomi looks into a trunk in the basement

One last trip into the basements March 21 2016

This week in the house team blog you can read all about Naomi's adventures in the basement stores.

A view of the tea room at Polesden Lacey

Time for tea with Mrs G March 14

This week Conservation Intern Sarah discusses why the tea room at Polesden Lacey is her favourite room.

Lolly cleans a fireplace with a pony hair brush

Saying goodbye to Lolly 7 March 2016

One of Polesden Lacey's conservation interns, Lolly, reflects on everything she has learnt during her time at Polesden Lacey.

The reredos at Polesden Lacey taken from a Christopher Wren church.

The last leg of extreme dusting Feb 29 2016

This week on the house team blog Charlotte explains how the house team clean the reredos in the central hall at Polesden Lacey.

A watercolour painting of Polesden Lacey

Would you like to sign the visitors book? 22 Feb 2016

This week on the Polesden Lacey house blog, Charlotte Burford explains how Mrs Greville used her visitors book to wow her many party guests.

A team of people rehang a large portrait of Mrs Greville at Polesden Lacey in Surrey

Caroline Williams

Caroline Williams describes what a day in the life of Polesden Lacey's Senior House Steward is like and what she enjoys the most about her job.

Charlotte Burford sorts a string of Christmas lights

Charlotte Burford

Charlotte Burford reveals what she enjoys most about being a member of the conservation team at Polesden Lacey in Surrey.

Mrs Greville speaks with some guests with a Facebook logo in the corner of the picture

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Mrs Greville chats with some guests with a twitter logo in the corner of the picture

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