Author: Sarah

In Focus: Hokusai Manga

One of my favourite (re)discoveries recently has been that of 10 volumes of Hokusai’s Manga, stashed away in the Chinese Room. Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was a Japanese artist, most famous … Continue reading

Getting to grips with the archive

Whilst we do know quite a bit about the history of Godinton and those who lived here, there are still some significant gaps in our knowledge, not least surrounding some … Continue reading

Replanting Jubilee

December was a busy month across the estate: the Jubilee Plantation was replanted following a combination of storm damage and ash dieback. Replanting is no small task – the team … Continue reading

In Focus: Two Court Painters

Katherine Toke’s portrait sits in the entrance hall: the best moment to catch her is when the gentle afternoon rays light up her face, but those moments are few and … Continue reading

Christmas Cheer!

Since arriving in August, I’ve repeatedly been told how wonderful Christmas at Godinton is, and so I was greatly looking forward to experiencing my first one. Fortunately, my high expectations … Continue reading

Rainy Days

November has been an exceptionally rainy month: rainfall at nearby farms has been somewhere around 180mm for the month, with the average hovering much closer to 120mm for this area … Continue reading

Not quite Christmas yet…

Christmas may be on everyone’s minds (and the smell of Christmas cake wafting through the house a few weeks ago didn’t help), but the house team are still hard at … Continue reading

In focus: Chinoiserie

Visitors to Godinton will be familiar with the ‘Chinese Room’, and as it’s my favourite room in the house, it seemed to make sense to write a blog post about … Continue reading

Building Conservation Workshop!

Earlier in October, our building and estates team spent the day with Terence Lee, a conservation specialist. Their workshop focused specifically on lime and brickwork, experimenting with different mixes of … Continue reading

Keeping Time

The house closed to the general public at the start of October, which means the conservation work has begun for the house team. A lot of what happens when our … Continue reading