Conservation work in the house

Conservation assistant cleaning an Italian cabinet

Closing for the winter months give the conservation team the opportunity to deep clean the rooms and collection at Trerice.

Closing for the winter months give the conservation team the opportunity to deep clean the rooms and collection at Trerice. Using hip-vacs and pony-hair brushes they clean the house from top to bottom, taking photos and recording damage as they go.

Conservation in action
Conservation assistant cleaning an Italian cabinet
Conservation in action

This period also allows the team to get the more disruptive conservation work done. This year new UV film is being applied to some of the windows around the house. The UV film filters 99% of harmful UV rays working with conservation blinds to minimise light damage to the collection.

Though closed there are some inevitable visitors that always come crawling through the doors: the insects! The conservation team use this time to check all the traps and keep record of what kind of creepie crawlies have been scuttling through Trerice, intervening when necessary. Some, like woodlice, are less of a threat but bugs like silverfish need to be controlled as they damage paper.

The chough flag being restored
The chough flag being restored
The chough flag being restored

The chough flag, part of a collection of Newquay home guard memorabilia at Trerice, is being restored this winter. The flag will be strengthened where necessary and framed to join other memorabilia on display in the morning room.