Monthly Archives: May 2016

Downton Abbey Event Ticket Giveaway!

Win Tickets to The Countess of Carnarvon: Entertaining at HIll-Stead

The Countess of Carnarvon and the Real Downton Abbey May 25, 2016

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram between May 11 and May 18 and you could win tickets to The Countess of Carnarvon: Entertaining at Highclere on May 27th. Hill-Stead Museum will give away a total of ten tickets and all winners will be contacted shortly after May 18th.*

*Hill-Stead Museum will collect all “Likes” and “Follows” during the week of May 11- May 18 and randomly select ten winners. All winners will be messaged over Facebook shortly after May 18 and tickets will be e-mailed immediately. This is a Hill-Stead Museum contest. Facebook, Twitter or Instagram are in no way involved or associated with this contest or its results.

Thank you for participating and good luck!

Light Control Measures at Hill-Stead

May is Preservation month!

Light-mitigating measures at Hill-Stead MuseumIn timely recognition,  Hill-Stead Museum announces significant funding from a local private foundation to implement light control measures in the historic house. In the coming weeks, new sheer weave, light-mitigating window shades will be installed at all windows in the period rooms. The shades will significantly lower the light levels that have streamed in since the house was built in 1901, thereby better protecting the priceless treasures collected by Alfred Pope with minimal change to the  visitor experience.

Since the early 1980s Hill-Stead has had UV-filtering storm windows but “visible light” is also damaging to paintings, works-on-paper, natural wood and painted finishes, textiles, and other objects. Theodate Pope was an early preservationist and we think she would agree that filtering the views to the outdoors for the long-term well-being of the artworks and objects on the inside that both she and her father so loved is a fitting trade. The “views” on the inside of Hill-Stead remain as beautiful and inspiring as ever.