Our work at Upton House and Gardens

Volunteers helping to clean our library of books

We work hard to look after Upton House and its gardens and there's always a project on the go. Take a look at what we've been up to.

Conserving the collection

At Upton we use both remedial conservation and preventative conservation. When you visit find out why we put teasels on the chairs and why we don't use gloves when cleaning porcelain.
Learn how we protect artefacts in the house from irreversible damage by light and how we maintain the house as a welcoming home rather than a museum.

Protecting the Picture Gallery

After a 13 month project the precious contents of the Picture Gallery are now protected from ultra violet light and infrared radiation by high-tech roof glazing. Just as important, it is also weatherproof, unlike its predecessor.
The replaced roof light was designed for the squash court, which was the original purpose of this room. However, the original 1930s appearance was preserved, so to many eyes nothing will have changed - except for the better.

Pool investigations

We've had to drain the pool to deal with leaks. Thousands of fish were temporarily re-housed in one of Upton's other pools and the opportunity was taken to clear the pool of unwanted weeds and other vegetation.
The wet winter refilled it quickly, and apart from much clearer water there is no longer any clue to what has happened.

Restoring the garden

Upton's 12 acres require the attention of a handful of permanent gardeners and dozens of volunteer helpers. Although the imprints of previous owners over the centuries remain evident, the gardens are being returned to their 1930s heyday.
An orchard, herbaceous borders, vegetable garden, bog garden, wild areas and extensive grassed areas all pose a variety of challenges, but helping visitors with their queries is important too.