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Looking After Aston Hall

Looking After Aston Hall. Introduction. Aston Hall is a superb red brick mansion built 400 years ago for Sir Thomas Holte. It was lived in as a home until the nineteenth century.

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Looking After Aston Hall

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  1. Looking After Aston Hall

  2. Introduction Aston Hall is a superb red brick mansion built 400 years ago for Sir Thomas Holte. It was lived in as a home until the nineteenth century. In 1858Queen Victoria officially openedAston Hall as museum. Aston Hall was the first country house to be opened for the ordinary public to visit. It has been owned, and run as a museum, by Birmingham City Council since 1862. An amazing number of people are involved in looking after Aston Hall. Students from a local school spent an afternoon discovering who does what!

  3. Who works at Aston Hall all the time? • A Curator/Manager • An Assistant Curator Manager • An Education Officer • 2 Senior Museum Assistants • Museum Assistants

  4. The Curator/Managerat Work Planning room displays …….. …. and providing information

  5. The Curator/Managerand Assistant Curator Manager in Their Office …booking in coach parties… Researching information … …and answering letters.

  6. The Assistant Curator Manager at Work …ordering new stock for the shop. Protecting displays from light damage …

  7. The Education Officer at Work …organising role play… Teaching school groups… …and producing teacher resources.

  8. The Senior Museum Assistants at Work in the Open Season …sweeping outside… Vacuuming inside… …polishing and dusting all over the house.

  9. The Senior Museum Assistants at Work in the Closed Season … and re-painting walls … They do a lot of heavy cleaning including removing chewing gum … … and they check the house is securely locked and alarmed.

  10. The Museum Assistants …serving in the tearoom and shop… …and someone has to clean the toilets! Greeting and helping visitors…

  11. Who looks after Aston Hall and its contents? • Architects • Pest Control Officer • Safety and Security Officers • Conservators • Fire OfficerSecurity Alarm EngineersSmoke Alarm EngineersFire Service

  12. Conservators at Work … and they are trained in a variety of professional restoration techniques. They use specialist cleaning methods …

  13. Architects Check the Building … look for signs of insect damage. … and plan alterations fitting for a Grade I listed building. They regularly examine existing gaps and cracks …

  14. A Pest Control Officer Visits Regularly … he identifies insect life in the house. He looks for evidence of rats and mice, and puts down poison …

  15. Safety and Security Officers … and the house and room alarms are serviced by a specialist security alarm company (recently floorboards were taken up to re-new the cables). A Fire Safety Officer frequently checks the extinguishers and smoke detectors …

  16. Who Keeps the Building in Good Repair? • A Variety of Maintenance Contractors • Glaziers • Carpenters • Electricians • Roof contractors • Graffiti Operatives

  17. Repairs in progress Expert plasterers patch up the walls … … and a contractor re-news the roof tiles.

  18. Dealing with Vandalism … and an operative removes graffiti. The glazier replaces broken panes …

  19. What else happens at Aston Hall? Aston Hall By Candlelight The Asian Ladies Textile Group Book Fair Meetings Re-enactments Filming Theatre Groups Events Exhibitions

  20. Aston Hall Hosts Lots of Events and Exhibitions … and for car rallies, book fairs and wine tasting. Fires and candles are lit for ‘Aston Hall by Candlelight’ … Historical re-enactments take place here and the Hall and Park are used as a background for films and television … … and there is a changing programme of exhibitions – above is a recent display of modern decorative glass.

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