Back in the autumn, our Chairman, Sue, provided a number of English bluebell bulbs. They were planted on October, and this spring the first ones to survive the transplanting ordeal have come up. We hope that they will flourish in their new home under the magnificent beech tree by the entrance gate to the garden.
Over two evening in April the house was open after hours for those who wished to see progress on uncovering the wall paintings on the 2nd floor. Tom Organ, the conservator, took us through the various processes of picking off the many layers of paint without damaging the painted plaster beneath.
From time to time the Friends receive requests to help with developing the visitor attraction at the house, and to support the officers in working through improvements and additions to the visitor experience. One such development is a display in one of the rooms, to give an idea of what tools and implements would have been used in a 16th century kitchen.
The Friends of Eastgate House would like to thank the Rochester Bridge Trust for their very generous donation to reveal art at Eastgate House that has been hidden for centuries.
The art, located on the upper floors of the house, is a selection of late 16th and early 17th century wall paintings which have been covered by layers of paint, lime wash and distemper. They are being painstakingly revealed thanks to a grant of £2,000 from the Trust, The Friends are match-funding this grant to support the the conservation of the house.
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