Meet the team

Emma Schmuecker, Conservation Studio Manager Emma Schmuecker Conservation Studio Manager
5 conservators in the Conservation Studio at Knole

The Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio supports National Trust properties through the conservation of their collections. Working with our collections and house staff and other conservators we help care for around 1 million objects, across 200 National Trust properties.

We are a multidisciplinary team, specialising in the conservation treatment of the decorative arts, including; paintings, frames, furniture, ceramics and glass. Through our conservators’ specialist knowledge and skills, we examine and treat objects to preserve them for future generations; whilst adding considerably to their understanding.

Porcelain from the Ballroom at Knole ready for cleaning
A decorative set of Flight, Barr & Barr porcelain from the Ballroom during cleaning in the studio at Knole, Kent
Porcelain from the Ballroom at Knole ready for cleaning

We work in a 15th century barn at Knole, it is an airy, open plan workspace for the treatment and research of objects. Our approach is unique to the historic house environment and we are developing pioneering treatments for the conservation of collections.

The interior of the converted 15th century barn
The interior of the Conservation Studio at Knole
The interior of the converted 15th century barn

Meet the team

We are a small team of conservators working collaboratively to deliver treatments to a wide range of decorative art objects. We are part of a much bigger conservation community and enjoy working with our conservator colleagues across the Trust, playing a distinct role within the holistic care and conservation of our collections.
 

The multidisciplinary nature of our team allows conservators to work within their specialisms, as well as collaboratively with one another. Our staff are either accredited by our professional body The Institute of Conservation or working towards accreditation.

Visitors on a guided tour of the conservation studio
A group of visitors taking a guided tour of the conservation studio
Visitors on a guided tour of the conservation studio


Unique to the National Trust the conservation studio is open to the public, where our day-to-day activities can be seen. When we are open studio guides are always on hand to help you see objects from new perspectives, and you can gain an understanding of what we are trying to achieve through our work, research and discoveries.