Conservation at Standen
With your ongoing support we're able to continue our conservation work because every time you visit, buy a raffle ticket or pick-up a book in the second hand bookshop, you're helping us to do a little bit more, so thank you.
Conservation in the House
Since 1894, generations of housemaids have looked after Standen. The Beale family would have employed an army of servants, today we have a much smaller team of staff and volunteers who care for the house and collection.
We used to put the house to bed at the end of October and a deep clean and condition check would take place over the winter. Today we carry out conservation all year round.
Conservation in the Garden and Estate
From yearly coppicing and land management to a five year project to restore the gardens at Standen, our team of gardeners and rangers have been restoring the garden and estate to its original glory.
" We’ve been restoring the woodlands at Standen to traditional coppice management, which has in turn made the bluebells flourish. It’s wonderful to see that an increasing number are flowering each year. "
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Billiard Room W.A.S. Benson lights
We’re lucky enough to have a number of lamps by renowned and celebrated Arts & Crafts metalwork designer maker, W.A.S. Benson. The house at Standen was installed with electricity from the start and designed to be lit by it – one of the earliest houses to do this. The bulbs in the lamps around the house are replicas of the original carbon filament ones and give the same soothing light as that of when the Beale family lived here.
This year we’re raising money to clean and protect the Billiard Room table lights as over time the copper and brass has tarnished and we want to restore its original shine. The lights will be removed to be taken to a Conservator for cleaning. Once cleaned, a removable clear lacquer will be applied to keep the metal looking its best for longer which will avoid the need for future abrasive cleaning.
With the new runners installed in the room in 2017 (thanks to the support of the raffle in 2015) and the restoration of the original cream paint scheme due in January 2019, this will be the icing on the cake to this impressive yet homely room.
The Farm Track
The Farm Track’s an ancient route leading through the centre of the garden connecting the old farm with Hollybush Wood, Stone Farm and Standen Rocks.
Farming heritage was very important to James and Margaret Beale which is why they decided to keep the track where it was even though it was in full view of the house. Over time, the original track has become overgrown and much of the original planting has been lost or become overgrown
During 2018 we will be working to restore the Track; to rescue the important plants, improve access for all and to make once again a feature of this prominent area. On completion of this work, we will return this area to its historic name of Sandy Lane.
Money raised by the Seaford National Trust supporters association allowed us to send this Benson lamp for a much needed polish.
Find out about our ambitious restoration project to restore the gardens to the Arts and Crafts-inspired vision of Margaret Beale at the turn of the 20th century.
Billiard Room runners
Using money raised through our 2015 raffle allowed us to recreate the carpet runners for the Billiard Room, preserving the fragile original runners and to help protect the parquet flooring.
Suzani Hanging in the Hall
The Suzani hanging, an embroidered hanging from Uzbekistan was collected by the Beale family on their travels in the 19th century and on display in the house.
Drawing Room Eyemat
Thanks to funds raised by the Second Hand Bookshop, the Eyemat in the Drawing Room helps to protect the delicate carpet and original flooring underneath.