Wimpole Estate conservation team reaches new heights in bid to conserve ‘mysterious’ crystal gas light

Industrial archaeologist Dr Ian West got 15m up in the air to inspect the crystal gas light. Picture

Industrial archaeologist Dr Ian West got 15m up in the air to inspect the crystal gas light. Picture: National Trust - Credit: Archant

Members of the The Wimpole Estate conservation team have gone to new heights to learn more about a crystal gas light, which “still holds a few mysteries” at the 17th century home.

The crystal gasolier at Wimpole Hall. Picture: National Trust

The crystal gasolier at Wimpole Hall. Picture: National Trust - Credit: Archant

The team got up close to the gasolier, which was designed by renowned architect Sir John Soane and hangs in the dome of Wimpole Hall’s Yellow Drawing Room, by going up carefully-constructed scaffolding – before cameras were used to get even closer to the top of the light and underneath.

Iain Stewart, Wimpole’s house and collections manager, said: “It’s a rare chance to be able to get a proper look at this wonderful gasolier which still holds a few mysteries for us.

“We’ll be making some recommendations on how best to conserve the gasolier and we’ve already gained some insight into how it may have been lit when it was first installed.”

For more on the Wimpole Estate go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate.

Rupert Harris metal conservation expert inspects the gasolier. Picture: National Trust

Rupert Harris metal conservation expert inspects the gasolier. Picture: National Trust - Credit: Archant


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