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The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping: The Care of Collections in Historic Houses Open to the Public [Hardcover]

National Trust
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3 Nov 2005
The Manual of Housekeeping is essential reading for all those involved in the care of historic houses and their collections. Building on the success of bestselling earlier editions, this greatly expanded manual covers a wider range of subjects in greater detail and includes the very latest thinking on housekeeping theory and practice.

The National Trust gives detailed practical guidance on the care and maintenance of fragile interiors and the decorative fixtures, fittings and objects that contribute so much to their interest. In particular, this book highlights the ways in which preventative conservation measures can help reduce the need for expensive repair at a later date. It also explains how to strike the balance between the care and display of historic interiors and the provision for public access.

Written by internationally renowned specialists and produced by the National Trust, this book brings together many years of practical experience in the care of hundreds of internationally renowned historic houses and their collections.

*Expanded and beautifully illustrated, covering objects not in earlier editions - carriages, mosaics and tiles, natural history collections, plastics
*Explains how to care for objects in a house rather than in a museum environment
*Produced by the National Trust, based on its experience of caring for more than 300 internationally renowned properties

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  • Hardcover: 1041 pages
  • Publisher: A Butterworth-Heinemann Title (3 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750655291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750655293
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23.2 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,041,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping is an interesting read... -- This Old House

"The comprehensive compendium of the care, conservation and cleaning of all things historic... a compelling read if you like old things.the authors leave few obscure facts undiscussed . This book is a jolly good romp for readers ." - Star Tribune

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Volume 10 Feb 2006
A wonderful new Housekeeping book from the National Trust. This book is not just one for the serious reader, although it is very professional and in depth, but for anyone with an interest in historic homes and collections. Beautifully illustrated with fascinating photographs from National Trust houses, it is full of intriguing historical detail, practical advice and is infused through with a passion and enthusiasm for history and beauty that is really exciting. A book which rewards both coffee table leafing and really serious reference; it has everything!
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Everything you could possible want to know in one place. Only problem is its too heavy for bedtime reading!
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