Today we finally finished cleaning the Cartoon Gallery, the last of our biggest rooms to winter clean. It has taken us a little longer than usual as we’ve been doing a lot of extra jobs around the house as building work has begun.
Colnets are at Knole again building a protective screen along the East front show rooms. We are having an internal dust screen put up so that when repairs begin to the external render, stone work and the windows, the contents of the rooms should be unaffected by the dust a debris created.
For the screen to go up some of the tapestries and paintings have had to come down. We had a bespoke painting storage rack made to go in the Spangled Dressing Room, which is a temporary store-room during the building work, for the various paintings to live in over the coming months. Some of the paintings took 5 people to get them down, cleaned and into the racking safely.
However the task that took the most people was moving the Billiard Table. It needed to be moved back about half a metre to make way for the dust screen. The screen could be built around it but it makes it more complicated. Once we established that the Billiard Table didn’t have a slate top we felt more confident that it could be moved back from the window.
We drafted in just about everyone that was at Knole to help us, builders, electricians, fire system engineers, the Premises Team, Fundraising Manager, Project Manger and our Building Survey. Graham Marley, furniture conservator, was on site to lend a hand too (Thanks everyone!)