Conserving our Steinway Piano

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

After a hugely successful fundraising campaign to conserve our Steinway grand piano, it is now back to ‘concert’ standard and taking pride of place in the Gold Saloon at Polesden Lacey. 

Our huge thanks go to everyone who has donated to the project which raised a total of £36,000 including a single donation of £20,000.

The 1904 Steinway & Sons Model B was gifted to Polesden Lacey by the late Denis Walker, a long-standing volunteer. His generous donation has ensured that Margaret Greville’s legacy of entertaining her guests remains alive and the restoration ensures it will continue to be enjoyed by visitors for years to come. 

In 2020, the piano was shipped off to the Steinway Restoration Centre in Hamburg, Germany where the soundboard, hammers, damper and keyboard mechanisms, and the cast iron plate were all replaced. The original keys have been conserved and it has been restrung. 

The Steinway during restoration in Germany
Image of interior Steinway piano during restoration
The Steinway during restoration in Germany

Music lovers and guests to Polesden Lacey often say that the Steinway & Sons grand piano in the Gold Saloon was the jewel in the crown. Being able to conserve the piano helps us to maintain that life and soul. While continuing our fundamental purpose to promote the long-term care of places of historic interest and natural beauty for the benefit of the nation.