We have opened our doors to the public again, but it doesn’t seem very long since we closed after Christmas! However, getting the house ready for the public made me realise just how much our team has achieves over since … Continue reading
This Saturday Hardwick Hall will open to the public for 2014, and the pressure is on for us Chaps to put everything back in place and make sure it’s all picture perfect again! Along with a new season we have … Continue reading
I have just been lucky enough to go on a little holiday full of a lot of learning; the National Trust Housekeeping Study Day. This four-day course covers all the basics about conservation and care of collections to give us … Continue reading
As soon as we were back at work we were straight back into our Deep Clean, finishing the top floor and moving into the Entrance Hall. However we’re not just thinking about the closed season, we have already begun preparing … Continue reading
Thought this may have be of interest to some of you. As part of the National Trust’ effort to raise funds for conservation of textiles, including several of Hardwick’s own, you can win a chance to get a tour of Blickling Textile Conservation Studio!
Best of luck!
Originally posted on Textile Conservation Studio:
The National Trust has launched an appeal to raise money for textile conservation projects
Along with this appeal is the chance to win a tour around our conservation studio in a prize draw.
Hello followers old and new, Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a lovely festive season, mine was filled with rest, relaxation and tons of food – perfect! Since I have had two whole weeks off from … Continue reading
I love Christmas, the atmosphere, the food, the music, the sparkles! So I have been really looking forward to decorating Hardwick for our Christmas opening. I loved transforming Powis Castle for the Fairy Tale Takeover last year, it was a lot of work but such a fun process and well worth the effort! This year has been quite different, it has felt like a much bigger project and with someone else planning it; it has been nice to discover what is happening.
The National Trust Christmas theme this year is a traditional Christmas. This is a little tricky at Hardwick as Chatsworth was where the family spent the festive season, using Hardwick Hall as their hunting lodge. Duchess Evelyn spent some time with her family at the Hall, and her children would put on plays for the rest of the family. This is one of the stories we will be telling while we are open this December.
The team at Hardwick were determined that this Christmas was going to be bigger and better than ever! This meant bigger trees, and they are HUGE! I spent all week spelling of pine, clothes full of needles and hands covered in sap. The trees were difficult to shift and lift but looks so impressive now they are in place and decorated!
Decorating them was a mammoth effort. The trees in the Entrance Hall are so tall even we struggled to reach them off our tallest ladder. We had to hang the lights and the decorations at the top using a hook on a pole, everyone kept saying it was like watching Krypton Factor seeing us do it!