Conservation project at Tyntesfield estate set to cost estimated £250,000

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:17 03 May 2018

A conservation team member cleaning a screen during the fire alarm project. Picture: Alana Wright

A conservation team member cleaning a screen during the fire alarm project. Picture: Alana Wright


Work on a conservation project, which is set to cost £250,000, has begun at a grade-I listed building.

Conservation assistants moving the gong. Picture: Alana WrightConservation assistants moving the gong. Picture: Alana Wright

Tyntesfield, in Wraxall, was built for the Gibbs family in the 1860s, and has been in the care of the National Trust since 2002.

This year, the charity is undertaking a project to replace the fire alarm system, which will likely take most of the year to complete and is expected to cost £250,000.

This latest initiative comes after a team of volunteers helped save the historic parkland boundary wall last month after it had fallen into disrepair.

MORE: Dedicated volunteers work to restore Victorian wall at Tyntesfield.

Ben Ashe, project manager for the National Trust, said: “We could have closed the house during the works but we didn’t want to.

“We wanted to use this opportunity to invite our visitors to see how we look after a house like Tyntesfield.”

Over the course of the project many of Tyntesfield’s 60,000 historical objects, amassed by four generations of the Gibbs family, will need to be moved and stored away while work is ongoing.

Before an item is moved, it has to be carefully cleaned and packed away by the conservation team and visitors will be able to ask the team questions about the artefacts.

The project storeroom will remain open throughout the year, allowing people to learn more about how the objects were used during the Victorian era.

Tyntesfield’s collections officer, Ruth Moppett, said: “The inventory team and I will be keeping track of the thousands of items which need to move to make space for our contractors to lift floorboards, access ceilings and install sensors.

“To do this, we have to complete a paper movement form for every single item to record what’s moving where, and when and who is moving it.

“We then input this information on to our digital system so we can always keep track of every item, so as you can imagine, this will take a long time to complete.

“We have to be so careful when moving items as they have been a part of this house for more than 100 years.”

The project will be ongoing throughout the year and is expected to be finished in time for Tyntesfield’s Victorian Christmas at the end of November.

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