X-ray of Muse Statue

As promised in our first ever blog post!

X-ray Muse Head


This is the head of one of our muse statues. You can see the iron rod inside that was used to form the shape.


17th Century Buff Coat

A rare, military leather buff-coat and doublet from our collection has been sent away to be conserved at the National Trust’s Textile Conservation Studio in Norfolk.

Photo by Michael Whittaker

Photo by Michael Whittaker


The coat belong to  Jacob Astley, 1st Baron Astley of Reading, a prominent Royalist Commander in the English civil wars (1642-1651) and is over 350 years old!

This conservation project wouldn’t have been possibly without the help from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and will eventually be on display at the hall once it has been restored.

Keep up to date with all National Trust Textile Conservation projects via the conservation studio’s blog – Click Here.