Fame at last!

Recently our apprentice joiner, Callum spoke to the Daily Mirror about his work at Mount Stewart.

Click the image below to read the larger version of the article.

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Project update – Turning the Chapel into a giant storage area

Monday 20 August 2012

Things are moving on now at an ever increasing pace; the phase ‘getting ready‘ is almost complete. I can say a lot of head scratching has been done because of the structural problems we have uncovered.

However during this stage while opening up floors we made some very interesting discoveries. The newspaper mentioned in a previous blog post gave us dates; whilst the bones of the different animals found in the same room gave us an insight to the culinary tastes of workmen in 1912! The bones when analysed where found to be from different animals including sheep, geese, rabbit and chicken.

At the moment we, the project joinery team, are in the chapel erecting three floors of studwork. The work being carried out by us in the chapel is to provide an area in which the project conservator can store items such as; furniture, curtains and carpets from the various rooms while the work is carried out in them. All the rooms in the house are full with furniture and family memorabilia, all of which are very important to the property and need very careful storing and maintenance. Unfortunately for the project conservator, this makes her life here in Mount Stewart that little bit more complicated.

We have been working steadily and progress has been coming on well. Although we all (and I personally), miss our project apprentice joiner Callum while he is away on his trip to China.

As you would be aware the Chapel is out of bounds to the public for sensible health and safety reasons while the construction work is under way. I have included a few photos of the building work so you can see what is happening. Also the whole building works has been filmed using a time lapse camera and I for one can’t wait to see the footage!

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Keep watching this space!


(Project Joiner)

Discovery of the week – 1919 Newspaper and cigarette box

This week while working on the floorboards in the Hague bedroom, Callum, our apprentice joiner discovered a newspaper dating back to 1919 and a cigarette box.

Our project joiner, Callum discovering the newspaper dating back to 1919 (c) Peter Muhly

The cigarette box dates more than likely to 1919 as it was found alongside the Ulster Examiner newspaper dated 23 August 1919. Various news headings in the newspaper were, ‘Excursionists Stoned – Attacks at Newry, Banbridge, Dromore and Lisburn’ and ‘German Reconstruction Legislation for carrying out peace treaty – Big Economic effort’

A close-up of the Ulster Examiner, dating back to August 1919 (c) Peter Muhly

The cigarettes are a pack of 20 Gold Flake honeydew made by W D & H O Wills. They were founded in 1786 and became part of Imperial Tobacco in 1901 which remains one as of the largest tobacco manufacturers.

The Gold Flake cigarettes box which was also found under the floorboards (c) Peter Muhly