Category: House

Learning from the experts

A busy September here in the house – we’ve organised several specialists to give workshops for our guides and staff, as part of our ongoing desire to continually learn more about the collections we possess. Firstly, Josh Lumley, our resident carpet expert and restorer gave us a fascinating education on Godinton’s carpets. Without wishing toFind out more

Interns old, interns new & some fundraising days!

My name is Sarah, and as the new intern here at Godinton, I’ll be taking over the running of the House & Estate blogs for the year, as well as setting up an ‘In Focus’ blog once a month to explore some of the fantastic objects and architecture within Godinton in a bit more depth.Find out more

Intern Incoming

It is that time of year again where one internship ends and another one begins. As I come to the end of my year at Godinton I would like to say a big thank you for everyone who has helped to make it so special for me, and an especially big thank you to theFind out more

Amazing Arrangements

Every Friday morning one of our volunteers, Sheila, comes in to create the beautiful flower arrangements that you will see around the house and in marmite jars in the Stables when you come for a visit. Always so full of colour, the flowers are all picked from the gardens each week and large displays areFind out more

Oriental features

As you go around the house you may notice two beautiful Oriental cabinets. If you’ve been on a tour, it’s likely the guides have told you that although they look similar, they are in fact vastly different in age and origin. The first that appears on the tour is a Chinese style green lacquer cabinetFind out more

Our last owner, Alan Wyndham Green, was always keen on sharing this unique estate with the local community. Today, we still share the beautiful house, gardens and parkland with booked groups enjoying exclusive guided tours, schools exploring areas not usually open such as the attics and cellars, and The Friends of William Harvey Hospital holdingFind out more

Open House

Godinton House re-opens on the 5th of April. Thanks to a closed season spent deep cleaning and other areas getting much needed restoration, it looks spectacular. Although all the porcelain is back in place and the woodwork has been buffed, there is always work to be done. At the moment work continues in the attics,Find out more

Heights in the Hall

Sometimes during the winter clean we need a helping hand to reach some of the harder to get to areas, especially in the Great Hall with its vaulted ceiling. For the last couple of weeks we have been up and down the scaffolding with our specially created cleaning tools. While the scaffold is in placeFind out more

Conservation

During the winter months when the house is closed we take a closer look at the condition of some of the more fragile pieces of the collection. We then begin to investigate what can be done to stabilise their condition, meaning that they can be kept on display for years to come. Recently we haveFind out more

A happy and healthy 2019

As the new year commences it’s time for the house to get some much needed extra attention in areas we can’t always get to during the open season, starting this year with the Great Hall windows. While conservation cleaning is an ongoing task within the house, like all houses Godinton sometimes needs some extra maintenanceFind out more