Being at Chatsworth at the moment is a bit like being a time-traveller. Hundreds of skilled craftspeople are hard at work giving the house a major makeover, and the results give a sense of how it might have felt to see the house when it was first built. The effects of 300 years’ of weathering and pollution on the stone walls are being reversed, and the newly-cleaned walls look as though they were built only yesterday. This work wouldn’t be possible without the support of Chatsworth’s visitors. So I’m really excited that Brad Steele, one of the stone masons responsible for the transformation, will be spending a day here on Tuesday 3 August, giving visitors a special insight into the work that’s taking place. Brad is full of fascinating information, and I hope lots of people will have chance to meet him. Look out for him in the house courtyard, and keep an eye on the events section of the Chatsworth website for more opportunities to get behind the scenes this year.

Claire Fowler


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