Category: House

In Focus: Kate Greenaway’s watercolours

Kate Greenaway is a name which is vaguely familiar to a lot of our visitors – the Kate Greenaway Medal is a prestigious award given to children’s illustrators, with recipients including Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, Lauren Child and Chris Riddell. Unsurprisingly, Kate (Catherine) Greenaway was herself a children’s book illustrator. Born in 1846 to aFind out more

Spring cleaning

The worst of winter is over, and so the house re-opening is on everyone’s minds. The house gets a very thorough clean after Christmas, and the house team have recently spent many hours hoovering, dusting, buffing and window cleaning. One of Godinton’s most wonderful features is the wooden panelling and carvings found in many roomsFind out more

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 for his piece ‘The Great Wave of Kanagawa’, which was a part of his series Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. He worked extensively with printsFind out more

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 of our collections. Fortunately, we do have lots of paperwork in our archives, and with the help of some of our volunteer guides, we haveFind out more

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 were met: it has been an incredibly busy December, but a very lovely one too. A whole host of creative skills have been put toFind out more

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 work putting the house to bed. November has seen us spend a lot of time cleaning, dusting, rolling carpets and checking the objects in ourFind out more

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 it (or at least its wallpaper)! The original Chinoiserie (coming from the French ­chinois, or Chinese) craze first hit Europe in the early-mid 18th century.Find out more

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 doors are closed is conservation work: we no longer need to turn on lights or open shutters, both of which contribute towards UV & lightFind out more

In Focus: Mary Toke’s portrait

In Godinton’s Great Hall sits a portrait of Mary Toke (1640-1680?), eldest daughter of Captain Nicholas Toke, with her pet dog in her lap, and her black pageboy to her side. October is Black History Month in the UK, and so it was a great chance to do some research into one of Godinton’s lesserFind out more