Arts conservation and interior decoration study days at Weston Park

Weston Park is hosting a new series of study days inviting visitors behind the scenes to discover the evolving interior design schemes at one of England’s finest country houses and learn about its work to conserve its world class collection of arts and antiques.

Media places are available.  To register your interest please contact Rose Allerston on

Conservation of Masterpieces (17th and 18th February 2015)

Tour the 17th century house at Weston Park and find out more about the conservation challenges it faces, from keeping beasties away from precious heirlooms vacuuming fragile textiles.

Each year the Weston Park Foundation welcomes a team from the University of Cambridge’s Hamilton Kerr Institute to undertake essential conservation of its picture collection. The study days offer a rare chance to see some extraordinary transformations and to learn about this painstaking task as the experts work to safeguard the house’s famous treasures for future generations.

The collection at Weston features works by artists including Sir Peter Lely, George Stubbs and van Dyck, as well as celebrated craftsmen like Morel & Hughes and Thomas Chippendale.

Paint, Paper and Plasterwork (19th February 2015)

Peel back the layers of decoration and discover the interior design legacies that have rendered British stately homes such as Weston the stunning houses they are today.

A lecture and tour led by Curator and Head of Learning Gareth Williams will examine how decoration in houses up and down the country has evolved through the ages, dictated by their changing use and the prevailing fashions of the time.

Interior decoration is a multi-million pound business and country houses continue to exert considerable influence on the production of fabrics, paints, wallpapers and carpets. Examples will be drawn from a number of notable addresses, including Weston, which was the former home of the fashionable Earls of Bradford. Highlights include the Historic Library with its pine-grained walls and the Tapestry Room with its Gobelins masterpieces and rich colour scheme.

Different ways of decorating with paint, wallpaper and the changing forms of plasterwork – from the exuberant Rocco swags and cherubs of the early eighteenth century to the caste neoclassical designs of the early nineteenth century – will be covered, as well as some of the characters responsible for the makeovers.

Each study day at Weston Park is £55 per person, which includes a two-course lunch in the Historic Dining Room.

To book please call 01952 852100 or email