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The season is upon us. Open the shutters, raise the blinds, and throw open the doors. Following the winter clean the mansion has had good dose of love and attention from our house conservation team. The floors have been waxed, the pelmets dusted and silver polished. However, we thought that it might be nice to share our work with the visitors. So, this week we have been laying the Dining Room table in front of the public, to give them a better idea of our work, and how the table would have been laid in the 1800s. See also ‘Regency Banqueting Splendour’ for more information.

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Here we have a detailed plan of all the place settings, as well as a booklet of photographs of each place setting for reference.

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During the winter clean the tableware had been stored in these crates, which have now been brought back into the dining room, ready to have their contents returned to pride of place.

In addition to this demonstration we have wide range of new interpretation and displays up for the new season. In response to volunteer and visitor comments we have concentrated on bringing a story back to the Sultana Room, setting it up in the 1930s during the 8th Lady’s own restoration of the room.

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The former Ottoman curtains laid out in the process of being repaired.

The biggest change over winter though has been the return of the Nash Staircase to its former beauty. I shan’t go into too much detail on that though, as there are posts soon to follow, which will concentrate solely on completed work on the staircase. However, I will draw your attention to the, already introduced, new Nash Staircase chandelier, and the new under-stair ‘cinema’, showing a film about the restoration of the Nash Staircase.

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Temporary lit cases for the old and new Nash Staircase chandelier (The new chandelier is due to arrive on the 7th March)

These are just a few of the changes that have occurred over the winter season, and there will be much more to come as the season develops, including scaffolding tours, from April. So come and visit us and see what else has changed…

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