In which the team from East Riddlesden Hall lend a helping hand…

As you know, the National Trust is responsible for caring for hundreds of historic buildings and their contents, thousands of acres of countryside, and many miles of coastline.

It’s a very supportive network, and a great organisation to be part of. Properties, whilst independent, work with each other sharing skills, knowledge, and ideas to improve the way we care for and present our properties ‘for ever, for everyone’.

With this in mind, we invited the conservation team from East Riddlesden Hall to visit Nostell for the day. East Riddlesden Hall is a lovely 17th century manor house in West Yorkshire. You can find out more info about East Ridd on the National Trust website here:

The plan for the day was to spend the morning getting to grips with Nostell’s winter clean, followed by a tour of the house, derelict servants’ quarters and extensive cellars. I’d also show one of their conservation assistants, Jackie, how to create a blog of their own in order to share stories about what they get up to at East Riddlesden. Skills-sharing is how we like to define it!

Jackie gets to grips with our Small Dining Room chairs

The team from East Riddlesden helped us begin this year’s winter clean. We divided into two teams, one to begin in the Breakfast Room and one to make a start in the Small Dining Room.


Volunteer Lesley uses a piece of gauze to protect the chair cushion as she vacuums it. The gauze ensures that no loose pieces of thread or material disappear into the vacuum.

Nostell is a little behind in our winter clean programme because we have spent the past few weeks up scaffolding cleaning our historic plasterwork (more about this in a future blog post). So it was fantastic having willing helpers from East Ridd for a day – we managed to brush vacuum and cover all of the furniture in the two rooms. Many hands do indeed make light work!

Conservation work

Our second team, led by Angie, get to grips with the Breakfast Room

Dining table

We definitely worked them hard!

Conservation work

It’s a team effort to manhandle the dust cover which protects the Small Dining Room table – it’s very big!

Conservation work

Dust cover in place. Now the fun can begin!

After the strenuous morning, we rewarded the team with a tour of Nostell, including a behind-the-scenes look at our derelict servants’ attics and extensive cellars. We also took the time to show them how to create a WordPress blog of their own, as blogs are a great way to share aspects of the collections and their care which visitors don’t normally see (but find really interesting!)

Here is the link to the East Riddlesden Hall WordPress blog:

We had a great day – thank-you East Riddlesden!


Nostell Priory Conservation Blog in 2012 – A Review

Happy New Year from Nostell Priory & Parkland!

2012 has been a great year for the Nostell Priory Conservation Blog. We launched in January, and have seen a steady increase in page views from all countries around the world, from Argentina to Australia. In December we reached the wonderful milestone of 10,000 views! Thank-you to all our readers and supporters. has compiled an annual review of our blog’s year. It contains facts and statistics about the Nostell Priory Conservation Blog. So if you’d like to know which was our most popular blog post, what was the most poular search term that people used to find our blog on the internet, which was our busiest day for the blog, then take a look at the review! (The link is provided at the bottom).

Here’s an excerpt of our 2012 review:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.


Click HERE to see the complete review of

Nostell Priory’s Conservation Blog during 2012.

Spotlight on: National Trust Blogs

Over the past few months there has been a surge of interest in ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of life in National Trust properties. This in turn has led to the creation of lots of really good blogs to fuel this interest. The blogs engage and inform people all over the world about what we do, how we do it, and the background/history of the objects and buildings in our care.

As Nostell’s conservation blog has had a mention in the Autumn 2012 edition of the National Trust magazine (page 57), I thought we had to share some other NT blogs that are being written at other properties all over the country.

This week’s blog post shares with you some of my favourite blogs that I enjoy reading.

If you click on each screen shot it will take you to that particular blog.

Happy reading!

Mount Stewart – Conservation Project

 The Knole Conservation Blog

Attingham Park

NT Treasure Hunt

Montacute House

Rob’s Blog @ Dyrham Park

Fletch the Perchcrow – Wordsworth House

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Petworth House and Park

Charlecote Park: Uncovered

NT Calke Abbey

These blogs show the variety of work that goes on in and around NT properties, from large scale building projects to academic research to conservation to gardening to exhibitions. Maybe they will inspire you to come and visit us! Which is your favourite blog?

If you think I’ve forgotten a really good blog, please let me know!