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Manual of Housekeeping

Manual of Housekeeping

Manual of Housekeeping

Reviews (23)

This fully revised edition of the National Trust Manual of Housekeeping is essential reading for all those interested in the care of historic houses and their collections. It gives practical guidance on how to care for fragile interiors, maintain decorative fixtures and fittings and how to display furnishings and objects within their historic context. It also includes the latest thinking on housekeeping theory and practice. In particular, the Manual highlights the ways in which preventative conservation measures can help reduce the need for expensive repair to collections at a later date. It also explains how to strike the balance between the care and display of historic interiors and the provision of public access. Full of engaging insights into traditional and modern housekeeping techniques, the Manual explains how the nation's treasure houses have survived until today, and champions their future preservation, using conservation science, professional advice and environmentally sustainable methods and materials. Written by internationally renowned specialists at the National Trust, this Manual brings together many years of practical experience in the care of hundreds of historic houses and their collections.  

ISBN:  978-1907892189. 


928 pages.

Dimensions: H28.5 x W21.5 x D5.3cm

Format: Hardback

Extent: 928 pages

ISBN: 9781907892189


UK Delivery: 3 - 5 working days - £4.95

International Delivery: 7 - 10 working days from £15

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5 Average Rating 5/5 (23 reviews)
5 stars An eye opener into the housekeepers domain Written by

What an interesting book a revelation into the methodology science and reasons why such great care and attention is given to the fabric of the buildings and artefacts contained therein. Its not something you would wish to read from cover to cover but to seek information as you proceed through the quest for knowledge about great houses and their contents. Well worth the purchase and well recommended

5 stars Fascinating! Written by

It is just amazing and like a bible of conservation to me.

5 stars Fabulous Book Written by

I bought this book for the Estate I manage as a reference to help with the care of antiques, and have found it to be very handy in validating things I already knew but wasn't really sure about. Very detailed and clear information. I will be purchasing one for me personally.

5 stars Brilliant book for Museum Studies Written by

This book is fantastic as it covers every aspect of caring for old buildings and antiques and I have found it extremely useful for my job, working in a museum.

5 stars amazing book Written by

Really helpful guide! Well structured book! I'm so happy to own it!

5 stars Very useful book Written by

I bought this book for my daughter. This book is used at the institution where she is a student at the moment. It contains a wealth of information on preservation of all kinds of antiques. It is not only of interest for the specialist but also for anyone with a more than casual interest in antiques. The book is very attractively priced.

5 stars An excellent guide Written by

I love this book. It is full of amazing facts to assist me in my role as winter conservation volunteer at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria. I might even use it when I go back to my summer role as tour guide and room guide. Visitors often ask about conservation. Thank you.

5 stars Manual of Housekeeping useful also for housekeeping guides. Written by

A superbly written book which will help me with my studies in conservation. However the general principles enunciated in the initial chapters are useful to everybody to learn how to actually keep house.

5 stars Excellent book Written by

This book is an excellent guide for anyone working in conservation or simply interested in the field. Covering a wide range of topics related to the care and preservation of collections, it is highly informative and easy to use.

5 stars Great way to start! Written by

Currently being a Conservation Assistant Intern with the National Trust at Basildon Park, I was highly recommended this book by others there. After finding a copy in the house today, I just *had* to have my own copy. It's full of highly useful information, stunning colour photographs, and is a really useful tool to someone such as myself (as well as the die hard conservationists) as a reference and learning tool. I would highly recommend it myself.

5 stars looks good with the furniture Written by

lots of information for a low price to keep the past in the present! I'm happy with it!

5 stars Brilliant Book Written by

This book is great! Lots of practical information to help with my MA and it'll be useful in the future too. Very quick delivery.

5 stars fantastic book and bargain price Written by

Desperately needed this book as manager of an historic house and it had been recommended to me. Loads of content, lots of useful tips. Delivered fast and I understand the high postage cost due to the weight of the hardback book.

5 stars Manual of House Keeping Written by

An absolutely must have for conservators who face the difficulties of technical care as financial conditionings of collections or private objects of art! And for such monumental book it is a very nive price! And above all it's easy to read and it's very well organized thematically!

4 stars National Trust Manual of housekeeping Written by

This brilliant book covers it all, preserving the past for future generations. This is going to be of use for years and years in keeping our own home in excellent order.

5 stars Manual of Housekeeping Written by

Very nice price for a monumental book.

5 stars Cultural Heritage Manager Written by

The Manual is an absolute must-have and a true hands-on help for anyone ever faced with a historical residence. In many cases finances for restoration are sorely lacking and the manual is a great help to prevent further damage. Aside from its practical value, it is simply a fascinating read and I often have to pry it out of the hands of my husband (who, as a financial analyst, has absolutely no need for it).

5 stars Fascinating read Written by

I bought this book as I have been volunteering with the National Trust in the Conservation Team and wanted to learn more about the procedures and techniques for caring for everything within a historical property. This book is great and does all this plus it provides me with more besides and gives a fascinating history to housekeeping and interesting anecdotes from the past illustrating how the current approaches have been established.

5 stars Manual of Housekeeping Written by

A scholarly text, yet easy to read - explaining in detail the principles behind the Trusts' ethos on conservation and care of just about object in its care. Lovely to dip into on a rain day. Arrived in less than 24 hours of the order.

4 stars Manual of Housekeeping... Written by


5 stars the key is being organised! Written by

This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants to feel they could run a large historic house, or a small suburban semi with aplomb and efficiency. It's incredibly well organised and really easy to find info on how to care for treasured items, how to plan ahead and how to think about the purpose and meaning of the house and the collection. It is great to have a detailed insight into all the work that goes on behind the scenes at National Trust properties and be grateful for that. A great book to dip into or to read from cover to cover.

5 stars Fast delivery Written by

Thank you for the fast servise and sending. In 4 days to the Netherlands. It is a wonderful book thank you verry much.

5 stars A great resource Written by
This is an indispensable reference book for conservators working in historic houses, but also a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to take the best possible care of cherished items.

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