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As the open season draws closer and the winter clean starts to slow down, the final touches begin to take place. This week Kevin Jones, our furniture conservator, came to Attingham to treat the flooring in the Entrance Hall. With a record number of visitors each year, it is paramount to protect the floor from the footfall of tens of thousands of people.

The flooring in the Entrance Hall

Using a paint roller, Kevin applied a thin layer of water-based acrylic to the floor. This process is done once a year and acts as a seal of protection.

Kevin treating the floor

I recently came across this photo, which is a good example of the damage caused by years of footfall.

Damage to the bottom of the Saltana curtains caused by people treading on the bottom of them

After 200 years of proud display, these Sultana Room curtains were taken down in November, and packed away for historical reference – you can view us (spot cameo appearances from me and Andy!) taking down the curtains on our YouTube channel. We are currently investigating re-weaving the silk and re-creating the trimmings.

During his visit, Kevin also tackled a bookcase in the Inner Library requiring some repair work. The rosewood and gilt metal bookcase had a small section of brass sticking out from it. The problem was fixed using animal glue, which is widely used in the conservation of artefacts.