Care and conservation

Our Mansion team work hard to look after our collection. Here is just a snippet of what they do.

Since we took over Shugborough in November 2016, we have been busy taking care of our collection and beautiful buildings by carrying out both general and deep cleaning, and some larger projects. 

In 2017, we began a big project to fire proof our Mansion. We worked with our specialists to instal new fire doors to make our buildings as safe as possible. They did such a good job, you can hardly spot them.

A deep clean is an opportunity for us to get up close and personal with the objects to check their condition, and give then a good clean. It is an interesting process, as it has highlighted areas that have been affected by pests. For example we found an infestation of wood worm in one of our barrels in the Servant’s Quarters, which was immediately and affectively treated with conservation grade treatment.

This is the aftermath of a barrel that has been treated for woodworm
A barrel at Shugborough that has been treated for woodworm
This is the aftermath of a barrel that has been treated for woodworm

Our team have also been carrying out some more general cleaning to our collection, such as dusting our books, waxing our floors and vacuuming our textiles. You may see one of our team out and about on your visit. This work is vital, and is funded by you our supporters through your membership, visits and whenever you buy a treat from the cafe.

Sandra is putting a lot of elbow grease into waxing our floors
Shugborough's conservation assistant Sandra waxing the floor
Sandra is putting a lot of elbow grease into waxing our floors

Here is some more detailed information about some very special items that our team look after.

Rover 75

Travelling in Style

Next season, we hope to be displaying the 4th Earl of Lichfield’s Rover 75