As the summer season draws to a close we had a trial run of a behind the scenes taster tour for our volunteers. ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ involved us taking a trip to see the highs and lows of Dyrham. Literally. The first port of call is up the Cedar stairs to our 8a storage room. Then up to the roof, (awesome view…) back down the Cedar stairs (taking in a quick peek behind the panelling, to see part of a servant’s route) to the ladder store. Then the Church passage, (no points for guessing where that goes) and the Boiler passage (wonder what’s in there…) and finally the Lamp room (which doesn’t have any actual lamps in) and finally the mysterious and spooky Cellar where it’s Halloween all year round. The few we have conducted so far have gone down a treat, but due to the amount of stairs – not for the faint hearted!
With many visitors comes much cleaning so although it will be sad to see the summer season (what summer?) pass, we are looking forward to having two closed days so we can steam ahead with our cleaning programme. A surprise hit this season has been an eye-spy trail in the house. Along with a house eye-spy trail and an Arts Council Collection eye-spy trail we have also had a mouse trail for the younger visitors. This clever little idea has participants looking for toy mice hidden in the house show rooms. 17 in all. (If 18 or more are spotted we do try to catch them….) It has been very interesting watching how competitive family’s can be! All in the name of fun.