The temperatures are dropping, and we had our first snow of the season this week, but there is still lots to do. Since the Ballroom the team have moved on to Lady Betty’s China Closet, the Leicester Gallery, Second Painted Stairs, Reynolds Room and Cartoon Gallery.
Lady Betty’s China Closet all wrapped up for winter.
Lucy and Sarah hard at work dusting the Armada Chests in the Leicester Gallery.
Lisa puts the charcoal burner room heater to bed in its tyvek dust cover.
The contractors were busy on the scaffold too, removing the glass from the north Leicester Gallery window for repairs to the window frame to be carried out.
The table and ceramics from the Second Painted Stairs cleaned and put to bed.
Sarah removes dust from the silver fire dogs in the Reynolds Room, using a soft pony hair brush.
Zena dusting the gilded pier table base…
…before moving on to the marble fireplace. Swapping brushes in between. For the table she used a soft pony hair brush used only on gilded surfaces, and for the fireplace a hogs hair brush that is used only on marble.
With all the furniture and other objects in the Reynolds Room cleaned and covered, it was time to build the scaffold tower and clean the room from ceiling to floor.
…and on to the Cartoon Gallery
3 pronged attack for the long stool in the Cartoon Gallery. Melinda and Tom are cleaning the textile with Museum Vacuum’s, while Lisa dusts the wooden frame.
Lucy apply’s Renaissance Wax to the iron part of the fire dog, this provides it with a protective seal against moisture.
We don’t have many books in the collection to look after, so it is a treat every winter when we dust the music manuscripts.
Next week we will work our way round the CArtoon Gallery on the scaffold. That will leave us with the King’s Room, King’s Closet and Lead Stairs to clean and put to bed before Christmas.
Emily, Sarah, Lucy and Melinda