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. "
Special Places Raffle
Help us to conserve some of our most treasured pieces of furniture, from the Ashbee cabinet, to the Garret dressing table, day bed and the Manxman piano by buying a ticket for the Special Places Raffle.
Did you know...
For every Special Places Raffle ticket sold at Standen, the National Trust will give an extra £1 for our conservation work and the ticket holder could win great cash prizes.
Billiard Room table lights
Over time the copper and brass had tarnished on the table lights, so they needed to be taken to a Conservator for cleaning.
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.