The words you don’t want to hear over a radio call are…

… “there is a leak in the Ballroom!”
Thankfully it wasn’t quite as bad as it sounds and water wasn’t pouring through the ceiling, but dripping through a crack in the panelling and running down the wall.

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Unfortunately the water was running in to the path of one of the paintings and gilt wall lights.

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Water running down the panelling in the Ballroom, behind a painting (you can see the bottom of the picture frame at the top of the photo)

So we immediately sprung in to action to remove both objects from the wall.

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Painting of the 3rd Duke of Dorset removed from the path of the water.

The gilt wall light that hangs above the portrait of the 3rd Duke

The gilt wall light that hangs above the portrait of the 3rd Duke.  It is temporarily resting on a sheet of plastazote and acid free tissue till it is safe to be re-hung.

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Once the painting was down we thoroughly inspected the back of it to check for any water damage.  The back of the frame in one corner and a very small area on the back of the canvas were slightly damp.  We will allow this to dry out before going back on the wall and monitor it to ensure there is no mould growth or further physical damage.

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Very small damp area on the back of the canvas.

Once the movable objects had been taken down from the wall and away from the route of the leak, we set about protecting others that were too big to move, and as the leak was so small unnecessary to move.  We wrapped the large portrait of Elizabeth Colyear, 7th Duchess of Dorset, in tyvek so if there were any further drips they would not come in to contact with the painting or frame.

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Absobant pads placed on top of some dusters, on top of the tyvek protecting the picture frame and painting.  Although the elak has been isolated this has been left in place just in case more drips find their way down through the crack in the panelling again.

Absobent pads placed on top of some dusters, on top of the tyvek protecting the picture frame and painting. Although the leak has been isolated this has been left in place just in case more drips find their way down through the crack in the panelling again.

As we were busy moving paintings and hanging Tyvek our Premises Team were hunting down the source of the leak.  Thankfully they found it quite quickly and were able to isolate the problem until it can be permanently repaired.

Just an average Thursday afternoon for the Conservation Team!

Emily, Lucy, Melinda and Sarah

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