The National Trust in the UK is hosting an appeal to raise funds for its work, and also hosting a contest which will give the lucky winners a special access day trip to see some of their expert conservation methods at work.  If you donate, you are automatically entered to win a trip for two to their studio to watch them repair some of these delicate and priceless artifacts.

You can also check out the appeal for some highlights of what they are currently working on, and it’s a very interesting list.  No gorgeous Elizabethan gowns at this time, but you can be sure they have restored them in the past.  In any case, I’m in love with pretty much all of these tapestries.

If I lived in the UK I would be entering this contest in a heartbeat – unfortunately for me winning a day trip to see these magicians work behind the scenes on some fascinating antique tapestries and fabrics would also require a trip overseas.  However, if anyone else is close enough to win, this looks so much fun!

The Textile Conservation Studio also has its own blog- click here, where you can scroll through and see examples of past work and get more information on what they do.  It’s so fascinating I know I could spend hours pouring through it.

The rug in this room was restored by the Studio

My favorite project is the King James II bed and accessories… is that a stunning piece of furniture or what?

If this interests you, you can follow the National Trust on Facebook and find out more about their work preserving the UK’s heritage.

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