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Angela’s long-term love of caring for historic interiors and objects has meant that she has cleaned just about everything – from armour to yachts.

During her eleven years of hands-on daily care for the collection and interiors at National Trust Sizergh Castle she devised and implemented preventive conservation routines for the historic rooms and contents, working to conservator guidelines. Seven of those years were spent leading the conservation cleaning team, giving her a chance to communicate her passion for collections care to other staff, students, volunteers and visitors.

Angela also advised on conservation cleaning at other historic properties and later provided conservation cleaning and advice on a voluntary basis for the Windermere Jetty collection.

She is particularly interested in working sustainably and combining the best of traditional housekeeping methods with the latest specialist conservation knowledge.


In more than 22 years continuous and varied museum roles, hands-on work with collections has always been Margaret’s first love.

As National Trust Registrar, she was fortunate to work with diverse collections, discover the importance of preventive conservation and learn from the conservation specialists around her. She then took on curatorial roles at the Henry Moore Foundation and Dulwich Picture Gallery. During six years as House Manager at Sizergh Castle, she was responsible for the care and management of the collection and building.

Preventive conservation was always key, whether it was managing environmental conditions, planning for emergencies or clearing drains and gutters.

Margaret has a huge respect for volunteers. As Curator for Windermere Jetty, she worked with a volunteer team to clean the collections for re-display.

She has a BA in History of Art, an MSc in the History of Modern Architecture and an MA in Museum Studies.