Conservation of the Mortlake Tapestries

20th May 2019 - 11th June 2019 £40 per person

Explore the conservation process of the Mortlake tapestries.

The set ‘Acts of the Apostles’ designed by Raphael in 1516 and woven around 1630 hadn’t been touched since the 6th Duke positioned them in the State Drawing Room in the 1830’s. Three of the tapestries have now returned from conservation. Learn about the role and methods of textiles conservation and how we protect these important English pieces for future generations.


This tour is available on the following days:

  • 16 April
  • 11 June

On this half day experience, enjoy a guided tour of the most special textiles on display in the house with visits behind-the-scenes to our textile archives and conservation room*. This is a real must for anybody who is interested in how we care for historic cloth and is keen to see our vast archive not on public display and a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a tour of the house before it is open for the day to visitors.

The day includes refreshments and the afternoon free for you to explore the house and garden at your leisure. Entry to the house and garden is included with your ticket. 

*Please be aware that the route to the textile archives and conservation rooms includes stairs and has no lift access.

Bakewell Derbyshire DE45 1PP

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