Visitors to the National Trust’s Chartwell will be offered a very special ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse on the 3rd and 4th November as the house team start to put the house to bed for the Winter. Chartwell will be open on these two additional days to allow visitors to see what it takes to keep a historic house in pristine condition, and how all the priceless artefacts are conserved.

There will be ceramics cleaning in Lady Churchill’s bedroom, silver care in the museum room, chandelier cleaning and repair, and frame and picture conservation work in the studio. There will also be an expert textile conservator on hand who will be carrying out specialist work on fabrics, uniforms and hats from the collection. Garden tours will also be offered.

Alice Martin, House and Collections Manager, says ‘this is a great opportunity to really showcase the ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes on in museums and historic houses, and why it is essential for places like Chartwell to close their doors in the winter to allow us to carry out the painstaking and specialist work needed to keep all the objects in the house and collection in mint condition’.

Last entry to the house will be at 3.15pm, and this will be the final opportunity to visit the house until it reopens in March 2012.

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