Is it a ghost…?


Welcome to a spooky start for Nostell Priory’s Conservation In Action Blog, but no, it’s not a ghost –  it’s a marble statue of the goddess Diana, complete with her own personal dust cover! We’ve begun the winter clean of the Lower Hall here at Nostell, and each object is provided with a white cotton cover tailor made to protect it until the house opens for you to visit in March. We used hogs hair brushes and a vacuum cleaner to suck away the dust before covering Diana up for the closed season.

Cleaning Diana

We use a range of equipment to clean to Lower Hall furniture, shown in the picture below. Left to right: duster, furniture brush, hogs hair brush, pony brush, pencil (essential for recording!), and record of monitoring sheet (to note down what conservation work was done and any condition changes in the item). The black blob at the top is the vacuum head.



Conservation Quiz Time!

Can you guess what piece of furniture is under each of the dust covers below? Good luck!(Answers below each photograph).


Grandfather clock case

Spinning wheel

Piano and stool

How many did you manage to get right?

It’s a nightmare sorting out which dust covers belong with which object – luckily most (but not all) have identification labels!

Successfully putting on a dust cover

We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this first blog post from Nostell’s conservation team, and that over the coming months you’ll get a deeper understanding of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work that we do on a daily basis.

If you click on any of the photographs they will transport you to Nostell’s very own Flickr webpage, which contains photo albums of everything and anything to do with Nostell Priory & Parkland.

And if you have any questions or comments about anything you see here, please get in touch via the details on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

Keep an eye on the Events page for details of conservation activities and events throughout the year, including tours, demonstrations, and talks. We hope to see you soon!

Until then, happy reading!

The Nostell Priory conservation team.


3 thoughts on “Is it a ghost…?

  1. Fantastic new initiative – I love the way it looks and I’m sure we’ll get loads of extra and very loyal followers. Well done!

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