Winter work behind closed doors
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.
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.