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Conservation in Action

May 21, 2013

Cragside, like most National Trust houses, has a vast and varied collection. Caring for the collection day-to-day is done by a team of just 4 house staff. Fortunately we have eager volunteers who are trained by us or by specialist conservators to undertake some aspects of remedial conservation which we are not able to find time for ourselves.

Rather than hiding these volunteers away to complete the work, we do what the Trust labels conservation in action. This means that our volunteers work in front of the visitors, who gain an idea of the specific ways in which we care for our collection and are welcome to ask questions. Currently we have a pair of volunteers swab cleaning a marble statue and another volunteer brush dusting Lord Armstrong’s enormous collection of shells.

Volunteer Jenny Beaumont

Jenny, a conservation in action volunteer, brush dusts a sculpture in preparation for swab cleaning

About once a month throughout the season our House Steward, Katherine, joins the volunteers and offers visitors the chance to get hands on with an object and try out our conservation techniques. The next date for hands on activities is Wednesday 19th June.

If you’d like to time your visit to make sure you catch some Conservation in Action, Wednesdays are the day to come. For information on the specific dates that hand on activities will take place, please telephone the property in advance to avoid disappointment – 01669 620333.


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