Conservation in action as Tudor Merchant’s House saves centuries-old artwork

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A close-up photo of the wall paintings

Vital conservation work to save centuries-old artwork has begun at the Tudor Merchant’s House, with visitors invited to go behind-the-scenes and see the delicate process in action.

The historic wall paintings, which are located within the main entrance of our Tenby townhouse, are thought to date between the late 18th and early 19th century. The three-colour floral pattern was painted freehand onto the walls, with expert pigment analysis indicating that high quality materials were used to create the original design.

Now to safeguard this authentic artwork for future generations to enjoy, we've been undertaking essential work on the north wall to stabilise the structure. As part of the process, our conservators have also been examining the other walls in the entrance room to determine if more of the design exists under the modern-day plaster.

Visitors are encouraged to join the team on this exciting journey of discovery as we peel back the layers of time. The house remains open, with the wall paintings visible in the main entrance area.

" The wall paintings project is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see conservation in action and go behind-the-scenes with the National Trust. By coming to see the past, you’re helping us safeguard the future of the Tudor Merchant’s House. "
- Angela Jones, manager of the Tudor Merchant’s House