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Staff conservation cleaning work day, Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House, Lakeland Arts, 2015

We'd almost completed our winter clean of the Hall at Blackwell but saved some work for a staff work day scheduled just before the house re-opened for the new season. Staff from all areas had training in basic condition checking, dusting and buffing selected areas of Blackwell's iconic panelling.

Everyone worked hard, with great care and attention to detail, and we were all proud of the results and more than ready for a delicious Blackwell lunch.

It was lovely to receive this comment from one participant afterwards:

'I really enjoyed the morning cleaning at Blackwell - best bit was that you could see the difference after such a short time. It was a real sense of achievement'

Please see the bottom of this page for image captions and acknowledgements.

Images and acknowledgements

Page header: staff work day at Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House (photo M Reid/Lakeland Arts)

Main page from top: Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House seen from the lawn (photo Hog & Fitch); staff work day participant buffing panelling in the Main Hall (photo M Reid/Lakeland Arts); detail of rowan berry panelling in the Main Hall (photo Hog & Fitch); buffing panelling in the Main Hall after removing old polish residues; view of the Corridor which was a focus for staff activity on the day (photo Hog & Fitch).

All photographs reproduced courtesy of Lakeland Arts.