The Winter Clean: Dusting down and scrubbing up

Every January after Fairfax House closes its doors at the end of another season, the staff and volunteer conservation team begin in earnest on their biggest annual task – the Winter Clean. Winter is the time when we are able to give the house, and the collection within, a thorough clean and check to see how they are doing. Conservation volunteers play an integral, hands-on part in this, working side by side with the House Team.

The team carefully dismantles our annual Keeping of Christmas exhibition putting everything carefully away for next year. Then after meticulously covering furniture in dust sheets, they move systematically through the whole house, room by room, and object by object, to deep clean, check and inventory so that all our items are ready for the new season staring in February. Professional conservation treatment also happen during this period, and any special building works or installations. It’s a busy time and a tight schedule but the whole team pulls together to make sure everything is in order and thoroughly ready for the year ahead.