Category Archives: Chastleton

‘In Da House…’


‘Training time again…’

The time had come for the final two days of training days in the course, and the first of these was at Heelis. NT HQ, in the heart of Swindon. Anticipating rush-hour traffic, I left in good time and got there half an hour early so it was time for a cuppa in the foyer! The first day was basically a back to work workshop and gave us all a days worth of application form and interview techniques. A ‘snap-back’ to the real world. Having negotiated the route out of town we all headed to Moreton-in-Marsh to book in to our hotel, ready for day-two at nearby Chastleton House. After a bowl of pasta, a few beers, and a good nights sleep I was ready for some extreme housekeeping. The specialists for the day included sector expert Nigel Blades and two thirds of the conservation’s answer to Charlie’s Angels, Catherine Harris and Emily Nisbet.

 We were put through our paces and given tasks to school us in the use of various gadgets to monitor light and RH and pests. The idea of a constant monitor of light helps the humble conservator not only tell how much light is likely to affect an object based on what it is and where it is but also to compare the data year by year… ‘Condition reports’ are also a good source of info to refer to. It was quite a shock to use the light meter thingy in various parts of a room to gauge how much UV (measured in ‘Lux’ hours) is getting in through the blinds, then to take it outside in direct sunlight and watch it almost ‘go off the scale’…