VISITORS to Charlecote Park have helped to make ‘a world of difference’ with the restoration of historic globes.
The National Trust property near Wellesbourne is saying thank you to visitors and supporters who helped raise funds for the £13,000 conservation work needed to save the pair of terrestrial and celestial Bardin Globes which date from around 1800.
Senior house steward Jessica Wolverson said: “We’re thrilled to have had such support from our visitors. The globes arrived back from the specialist conservator in London and the difference in their condition is breathtaking.”
The repair and restoration of each globe took some 100 hours.
They were carefully dismantled and thick surface dirt, staining and old repairs were delicately removed. Loose pieces were reattached and the artwork painstakingly retouched with protective wax layers applied.
New brackets were also made to support the horizon ring on both globes before they were reassembled.
Jessica added: “Looking after our collection items for ever, for everyone is at the heart of what we do as a charity.
“But we couldn’t have achieved this without the donations from the raffle ticket sales our visitors purchased. Thank you to everyone who helped us to make a world of difference.”
This year the heat is on at Charlecote to raise more money to replace the entire antiquated heating system in the house and save the collection from mould and decay.
Visitors can see the globes back in their home setting, in pride of place in the library at Charlecote.
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/charlecote-park for further details.