Conservation Day at Burghley House
Thursday 28 April 2011 - 08:30
There will be two conservation tours of the paintings and furniture at Burghley, the grand Elizabethan house in Stamford home to the Cecil family. Mark Cowell of Burghley Fine Art Conservation has cleaned and restored many of the paintings in the house, which for the most part were bought by the 5th Earl on his Grand Tour. He undertook the mammoth task of restoring Verrio's masterpiece The Heaven Room. Mark will talk about his projects at Burghley and reveal what is hidden under some paintings using an ultra-violet lamp and an infra-red vidicom camera. Anthony Beech, the furniture conservator, will then lead a tour in the afternoon of the past and current restoration projects talking about the challenges of caring for historic furniture. The collection is rich in 18th century furniture, with wonderful Boulle pieces. There will also be an opportunity to explore all the State Rooms, enjoy the celebrated Capability Brown grounds, the contemporary sculpture exhibits, a new Elizabethan garden, and an acre of yew maze in the Garden of Surprises.