Behind the closed doors

See behind closed doors this autumn at The Argory

It has been a busy season for the conservation staff at The Argory; with the first phase of our historic lighting project completed we have no time to rest as preparations are underway for the winter clean and we are already organising further conservation projects for next year.

Over the coming months the conservation team will work hard to reopen rooms for the visitors to see in 2017. We hope both the Cedar bedroom and the study will be on the visitor route by March, having been closed since December 2010 following flood damage. With the walls now dry and the humidity levels satisfactory we will begin the process of restoration by fully repainting the room, staining the floorboards, laying the carpet and reinstating the collection to bring Mr Bonds much loved study back to life. 

If you can't wait until 2017 however the dressing room has now been opened for the first time in 5 years. It has been laid out as a packing room for Mr Bond who at this time every year travelled to Jamaica for the winter where he enjoyed the warmer climate. With personalised luggage and his well stamped passport, this little room gives us an insight into the hobbies and interests of the last owner. Visitors will also have the opportunity to glimpse behind the closed doors of the 1st floor. Come along and see the bathroom, the organ room and the garret staircase which used to lead to where the servants once slept.

With all this excitement going on the team will also work on decorating the house for Christmas and continue with the tradition of putting the house to bed, carrying out the deep clean and inventory checking the collection. 

To discover more about the work we do in caring for our collection we are inviting visitors to join us for 3 conservation talks in October on Sunday 2, 9 and 16 in the Octagon Room at 2pm, focusing on the care of furniture, textiles and books.

Please book at reception on the day as there are limited spaces available.