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The Attingham Re-discovered project which is bringing the house back to life has been going since 2006 and our current focus is the roof project. Yet, alongside this major work, we are still carrying out smaller projects as part of Attingham Re-discovered.

For years we have been working to re-create the Regency appearance of the West Ante Room by re-creating the decorative schemes of the early 1800s and re-creating a Regency carpet and curtains. We have also added to the masculine character of the room by hanging the 5th lord Berwick’s paintings of his prize herd of Hereford cattle and installing the case of stuffed South American birds.

Preparing to paint the walls in the West Ante Room to re-create the appearence of the room in the early 1800s.

Preparing to paint the walls in the West Ante Room to re-create the appearence of the room in the early 1800s.

In the early 1800s the room contained pink silk curtains which we have re-created using fragments of the original curtains found in store.

In the early 1800s the room contained pink silk curtains which we have re-created using fragments of the original curtains found in store.

In the 1850s the 5th Lord Berwick had his prize herd of Hereford cattle painted by the artist W.H. Davies.

In the 1850s the 5th Lord Berwick had his prize herd of Hereford cattle painted by the artist W.H. Davies.

The case of birds from South America certainly add colour to the room!

The case of birds from South America certainly add colour to the room!

This week we have been adding one of the final elements to this room…putting books back into the cases. The West Ante Room would have been an additional library space for Thomas, 2nd Lord Berwick who had a large collection of finely bound books.

Selecting books to go back into the cases.

Selecting books to go back into the cases.

The Attingham team have been very excited as this work has involved several phases of work and lots of planning. The Attingham books from the Outer Library were brought over several months ago in preparation. A large cup of tea and a good biscuit was needed after moving lots of boxes of these books!

The cases needed work to make them suitable to house books again. The glass shelves were removed and wooden shelves put back. The lighting, installed when the cases displayed porcelain, was removed by our electricians. The shelves were adjusted ready for all the different sizes of books that were to be placed on them.

Preparing the cases to house books again.

Preparing the cases to house books again.

We are very pleased with they way the cases look now and so do come and have a look.

Attingham books back in the cases.

Attingham books back in the cases.

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