It’s been another busy few weeks – so no change there – but some of the most interesting developments have been indoors and in our planning. Here is our quick round-up.
Work on the east front has been carrying on apace, with rotten wood being replaced in many places, and the last of this year’s scaffolding tours taking place. It is now too late in the year to re-render the wall, so scaffolding has been put up round towards the south face in preparation for work over the winter.
With the scaffolding extending towards the south face of the house, Lady Betty’s rooms have been emptied of their contents for their own protection. Emily our House Steward has made a fascinating time-lapse video of the work, starting with the furniture and ending with the surprisingly big jobs of rolling up the carpet and tapestries.
Knole’s attics are covered in signatures and writings by former workmen at the house, and this month an interesting discovery has been made: a matchbox dating from the last time work was done in this part of the house, in 1949, with some workmen’s names written in it. This has made us think – why not leave a time capsule for future workers to find? And if we do, what should be in it? If you have any bright ideas, leave us a comment below.
Since the last post, focus groups have begun, asking people for their thoughts and ideas on the future of Knole. We’ll give you more news when they have finished for this particular time around. We hope to continue to hold them at regular intervals to help in shaping the work of the project.
And finally, your usual chance to get involved. Part of the project involves opening up the entrance tower for the first time, to which access is only by one narrow spiral staircase. So we need to work out the best way to organise goings-up and comings-down. In order to do that, on the morning of 14 December we are planning a testing day, when people will be asked to climb up and down the tower, and to see the rooms inside and the view from the top. If you would like to come, post a comment below. It will be from 10 until 12, and there is a mince pie and some tea in it for anyone who comes.
In other news…
A volunteering opportunity to help the conservation team with administration
The oral history project finds a memory of service at Knole at the turn of the last century
…and our first sound recording of the rut at Knole.