Behind the scenes at 18th century mansion

Behind the scenes at Claydon House PNL-141024-145254001
Behind the scenes at Claydon House PNL-141024-145254001
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There’s a chance to find out what goes on at a stately home when it’s closed to the public next month.

The National Trust is opening the doors of Claydon House, in Middle Claydon, for special behind-the-scenes tours in November.

Between November and February, Claydon’s conservation team are kept busy giving the entire house and collection its annual deep clean.

The National Trust carries out a variety of vital tasks which conserve and preserve the 18th century mansion, with its extravagant rococo interiors, for the future.

Among other things, these include rolling carpets, cleaning the 5,000-plus books in the library, dusting the intricate rococo carvings and waxing the floors.

During November, you can join a 45-minute tour with the conservation team and discover more about how they care for Claydon.

House manager Rachel Flynn said: “There’s so much going on in the house when it’s closed. The ours are a great way to find out more about the work we do and to pick up some tips on caring for your own household items.”

Behind The Scenes Tours take place at 11am on Wednesdays, November 12, 19 and 26.

Booking is essential at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/claydon or call 01296 730349.