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Burghley People
27 Nov 2023

In The Press: Burghley's Big Sleep

Meet the repair, conservation and housekeeping taskforce hard at work during the annual winter closure at Burghley House

Burghley is one of the largest and grandest surviving houses of the sixteenth century and a wonderful example of the great Elizabethan ‘prodigy’ houses, built to honour the Queen. Home to eighteen magnificent State Rooms each filled with awe-inspiring works of art and priceless treasures. After welcoming thousands of visitors to the House each year, the doors close for four months over winter to allow for essential upkeep, maintenance and conservation work.

The Moment magazine came along to Burghley to meet the teams involved in keeping Burghley House and all its belongings in pristine condition. There is an endless list of tricky, time-consuming and delicate jobs to be done involving specialist techniques and technologies. With scaffolding required to do the dusting and vast frames needed to repair the tapestries, this is not your average 'Spring clean'.

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Go behind the scenes with Burghley's Housekeeping Team and on site Textile Conservators.

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