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The next step of the Attingham Re-discovered project is ‘Attingham Re-discovered Goes Through the Roof’, and is due to start in January, so this week I have been helping to prepare for the work. Having a new roof installed over the Picture Gallery is no small project, and will involve the room and the staircase containing scaffold for two years, you can learn more about the project here.

Most items are going into store while the project is going on, so this week I have been checking all of the inventory numbers on objects in the Picture Gallery and noting down on a plan where objects are located, so when the room is put back together objects can be put back in the same place.

There are too many paintings to put into store however, and some are logistically too big to be taken out of the door! Those that aren’t put into store will be kept in place and protected, others hung from the scaffold and a few of our collection are even going on tour! One of the paintings by the German artist Philipp Hackert, The Excavations at Pompeii, 1799, is going on loan to The Getty Villa in Malibu soon.

 The Excavations at Pompeii, 1799. To find out more about the painting, click here 

There is so much to consider preparing for such a huge project, and the care of our collection is of high importance. Experts from different areas have been called in to look at our collection, assess any fragile paintings, how to handle them and where is safe to store them. You can meet our project curators and expert painting conservationists in our ‘7 Days’ event, to download the events at Attingham, click here.