Happy New Year…

…to all our readers.  I hope you enjoyed all that we shared with you during 2012.  2013 promises to be just as much (if not more) fun, challenging, hard work, a bit crazy and full of new things!

The Inspired by Knole project continues.  Staff and volunteers are hard at work on our second round HLF bid.  The second year of external building repairs is underway.  Phase 1.1 is nearing completion with some scaffold already beginning to be dismantled. Phase 1.2 had begun before Christmas, which is finishing of work on the south end of the east front and round the south front of the building.

The Conservation Team are cracking on with the winter clean.  Work begins in the Great Hall, which involves some very high level cleaning!  We built our tower scaffold this morning, to the highest it will go (or the highest we’re all prepared to build it!).  The room will be dusted from top to bottom, all the picture frames in-between and panelling.  This is also our annual opportunity  to change and replace light bulbs in the picture lights.  A daring and delicate operation, a head for heights and nimble hands required.

One of the challenges this year will be 6 day opening for the show rooms (now to be Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays).  To help manage all the conservation cleaning we are recruiting a seasonal post to join the Conservation Team.  If you are interested in becoming a Conservation and Engagement Assistant at Knole you can find out more about the role and how to apply via the National Trust jobs website.

Emily, Lucy, Melinda and Sarah

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