September at Tintagel OPO

The school summer holidays may sadly soon be over, but there’s still lots going on at Tintagel Old Post Office throughout September.

There will be folk music echoing amongst the ancient beams, we will be celebrating local female writers in the Women’s Institute next door. We will also be taking a closer look at the painstaking precision and nifty needlework needed in sampler sewing and how we care for these elaborate embroideries:

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There are two more Activity Wednesdays left over the school summer holidays: tick-off #18 of 50 Things by creating wild art on Wednesday 22 August. All materials will be provided to help you create a mini-masterpiece. On Wednesday 29 August, create a memory box for your seaside souvenirs or Cornish curiosities as well as a badge or fridge magnet as a trinket from Tintagel. Normal admission applies.

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Colour on the Coast

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Photos: Pentire Head and the Rumps yesterday

If there is one thing you do over the next week or two you should treat yourself to a stroll around the coastal footpath to witness the splendor of our maritime grasslands starting to bloom. Right now is the time to see bluebells at their best, carpets of spring squill, & rock gardens of sea campion and sea pinks starting to flourish. Great places to visit include Pentire Head, Lundy Bay, Tintagel cliffs, or Trevose Head. Happy hiking!

Mike – Lead ranger

Come and work in Beautiful Boscastle….

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Would you like to work in beautiful Boscastle, on the North Cornwall coastline? Do you enjoy working as part of a fast paced, passionate team? Do you enjoy helping people and providing great customer service? If so, we want YOU!

We have some (more) cafe assistant jobs in the Boscastle cafe (when it reopens after it’s refit and redecoration) up for grabs for 2018

Applications are now open, for a couple of weeks, closing on Thursday 1st February, so get going and be quick!

(And tell everyone that you might be interested!! — more info if you need it on this link)

To apply —– create a profile on the National Trust jobs website, upload your CV and a cover letter, and apply here to job ref. IRC60470

Good luck, we look forward to hearing from you!

 

The big clean 2018

Winter work behind closed doors

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Once again the dust sheets are coming off, the ladders are out and the vacuum cleaners are in overdrive as the House Stewards are busy cleaning Tintagel Old Post Office ready for half-term opening, 10-18 February.

We’ll be carrying out the work in a ‘top-down’ approach starting with the ceiling, through to the walls and floorboards as well as treating, cleaning and documenting all the collection items in our care.

During this time the audit of the collections also takes place where we review the location of the items, their condition and try and identify what conservation work needs doing. A meeting with the conservator is lined up to help inform us on how to treat the most vulnerable items.

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This is also an important time of year for our gardener, Kate. Aside from the usual cutting back and maintenance, Kate has been busy removing plants that we have identified as being out-of-keeping with the house, thus allowing room for the planting of new shrubs. This is being done in an attempt to make the garden of Tintagel Old Post Office more historically accurate, filled with the sort of plants you would expect to see in a cottage garden in this part of Cornwall.

Raspberries, redcurrants gooseberries and blackcurrants are the latest additions, planted to compliment the already well-rooted apple and medlar trees. This will create a ‘fruit corner’ for the garden with roses to add a bit of colour.