I have finally reached my 100th post! Things have really changes since I started ‘View From My Attic’ at the beginning of my internship, and I have done so many fab things! To celebrate this achievement I thought I would do and A to Z of words relevant to all the things I blog about.
Amazing A word I use all too often on this blog, closely followed by . . .
Beautiful! Used to describe so many of the places and objects I get to work with. B could also have been Books like the ones I talk about in this post.
Conservation The main staple of my role in the Trust, conserving and caring for the collection to ensure it is protected ‘for ever, for everyone!’.
Decor The Trust not only cares for beautiful objects, exteriors and gardens but the interiors are some of the most stunning places I have even seen.
Excitement My job, and life, is full of excitement, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!
Furniture A large part of most collections consist of furniture and the Trust have so many really amazing pieces.
Gardens I was lucky enough to live in the fantastic gardens while I was at Powis Castle, such a truly beautiful place to be!
Hardwick Hall The stunning property that I now have the pleasure of working at.
Interesting This word could describe pretty much everything I do at work, even the mundane tasks like dusting and vacuuming are made interesting when they takes place in a fantastic location and mean you get up close to amazing collections of objects.
Journeys I have been on many journeys to many different Trust places, with work and in my spare time, and I have many more planned! I really enjoy visiting different properties, for the fascinating stories and the beauty (and the gift shops and cake!).
Kindness Something that has had a really positive impact on my life these last few years is how much kindness I have encountered in the people I have met through the Trust. Working for the Trust straight out of uni meant I was just starting out on my own and this kindness had helped me a huge amount!
Learning I have learnt so much while I have been working with the Trust, and I love to find out new things and learn new skills. I am so glad the Trust is an organisation with such interesting training courses and the people I work with are more than encouraging for my to stretch my wings.
Medieval Re-enactment, my hobby-and-a-half!
National Trust An obvious one for N but where would I be without the Trust! I love working for an organisation that stands for something I really believe in, and offers so many amazing experiences to staff and visitors alike.
Over-mantles The many over-mantles I have cleaned while working at Hardwick, some a lot easier to reach than others.
Powis Castle Where I did my Internship, learnt so much and had countless priceless experiences, from dusting a Tiger to flying over the castle in a Hot Air Balloon!
Queen Elizabeth I, or more accurately a large portrait of her Majesty, that we sent to London on loan for the exhibition ‘Elizabeth I & Her People’, which I later got to go and see.
Really tall . . .
. . . Scaffolding! When I first went up a scaffold tower at Powis I was really quite scared, but now I love building and climbing to them, especially as it means we’re going to be doing something just a bit out of the ordinary.
Textiles Hardwick is renowned for its beautiful textile collection, and I am lucky enough to have had specialist training to be able to clean some of the most delicate and interesting textile objects in the collection.
Un-disturbed Working for the National Trust means I get to have amazing moments when I am all alone is these fantastic locations. Nothing beats just having a quiet 5 minutes to reflect on just how special these places are, and how lucky I am. It’s certainly a good remedy for the busy, heavy, fast paced activity of most of the day job!
Volunteering was how I got started with the Trust, and I still volunteer now, passing on what I have learnt and ensuring collections are cared for properly. The dedication we see every day in our volunteers is truly amazing and something that I hope will long continue!
Worcester where I did my undergraduate degree and first got involved with the Trust by volunteering, and then working, at Greyfriars, a little timbered Tudor beauty in the town center.
Xmas I LOVE Christmas! The glitter, the singing, the food, the cheer. So I love getting to decorate work for Christmas, from the magical Fairy Tale Takeover at Powis, to the Traditional beauty at Hardwick. I’m looking forward to it already!
Yummy Anyone who works at Hardwick will be able to tell you that the House Team runs on cake, or biscuits, or sweets, or really anything yummy that will give us a bit of a sugar boost to get us all the way up those stairs and round the Hall again. Really it’s a necessity for our job, honestly.
Zenobia Ok, I’ll admit I did struggle to think of something beginning with ‘Z’, then I remembered Penelope’s sister embroidery Zenobia, probably the last of the four that will be conserved, meaning she will be the final piece to what is at the moment our brand new exhibition and a projects I’m really proud to be a small part of. Even though it is many years away I can’t wait until it’s finished!
To celebrate this milestone I am also doing a little give away! The prize is a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) to visit Hardwick Hall in 2014 and a property guide-book as well! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, all the commentors names will be put into a hat, and whoever I draw out first will be the winner! The draw is open to everyone so good luck! I will announce the winner in the middle of October.
Thank you all for joining me on this journey and I hope you all continue to enjoy the blog and the next 100 posts!