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This week the scaffolding team has moved into the main Picture Gallery. The scaffolding has gone up so quickly and really changed the Picture Gallery in a scary but exciting way!

The empty Picture Gallery. (The photos are by our fantastic Roof Project Photographer, Richard Knisely-Marpole)

The empty Picture Gallery. (The photos are by our fantastic Roof Project Photographer, Richard Knisely-Marpole)

Bringing in the poles.

Bringing in the poles.

Preparing the supports for the Scaffolding.

Preparing the supports for the Scaffolding.

Two rows of these supports will form the base of the scaffolding.

The finished structure!

The basic structure is finished!

The scaffolding in the Picture Gallery has been carefully designed to protect the room below and support the ceiling above.  In a few weeks time a giant pad will be lifted up into position against the ceiling of the Picture Gallery to support and protect it throughout the project. Before this happens the team have an exciting opportunity to get up close to the high level decorative elements of the Gallery which previously have been impossible to reach.

The high level of the scaffolding providing a crash deck and work space. Already named "The Pent house"

The high level of the scaffolding providing a crash deck and work space. Already named “The Penthouse”

The scaffolding protects the Picture Gallery and allows us to carry out conservation work but has also been designed to allow space for visitors below.

The Picture Gallery is going to remain a part of the visitor route so that you can come and see for yourself what is happening here as we re-discover the Regency Picture Gallery.

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