Meet the Project Team!
Staff members will be added here as they are interviewed. More coming soon!
Geoff’s role is to provide a visual and written record of the house and all its contents, which includes an aesthetic description, materials used and date. His experience working in auction houses is a great help when the inventory has to start from scratch, given the house is a new acquisition. He is in the process of cataloguing and photographing every item in the house and adding them to the Collections Management System.
Alex completed a six-month work placement at the Trust as part of her Masters in Artefact Conservation and Archaeology at UCL and has now moved on to her second placement at the National Museum of Scotland. She provided invaluable conservation support, labelling items, identifying their materials and giving insight into degradation processes and how objects should be handled.
Project House Steward
Owing to the nature of the project, Fern’s duties have been rather different from those of the typical National Trust House Steward. Her role involves two phases, the first assisting with the inventory process, drawing on her knowledge of care of collections, conservation and handling, and then, leading the removal of objects from the house. Fern has a history degree and gained volunteering experience at the Wordsworth Trust and English Heritage before spending three years as a Conservation Assistant at Tyntesfield.
Project Conservator (Woodwork)
Adeline is analysing the condition of all wood in the house, from the furniture to the floorboards, the staircase to the fretwork, and treating it where necessary. Having previously worked as a cabinet maker in France and as a woodwork conservator at the Auschwitz Museum, Adeline is now studying for an MA in Restoration and Conservation at London Metropolitan University. She is basing her research project on her analysis of the wood used for the fretwork at 575.
Library Catalogue Officer
A retired academic librarian, Stephen has been cataloguing books and records for the National Trust since 2006. He previously worked for the Sir John Soane’s Museum as a research librarian and now works for the Gaelic Club Library as well as the Trust. However, 575 is the first house Stephen has worked on in London and in which he has been the first person to catalogue the books.