Working with the curator, Daru Rooke, at Cliffe Castle museum on this wonderful project was a pleasure. Cliffe Castle Museum was originally the spectacular mansion of the local Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. Standing proudly in its hillside grounds it looks spectacular and makes a wonderful day out.
The year long restoration project includes the renovation of all the lighting. Several of the original light fittings needed careful removal prior to their restoration which was completed in our workshops. Amongst them were the spectacular lantern in the inner hall and two large Victorian gasoliers.
In our onsite workshop, our skilled lighting restorers set to work. The lantern was in a poor state of repair, the original, broken glass was replaced, with custom made, star cut frosted and bevelled glass panels. The brass lantern was dismantled, cleaned, polished, rewired and rebuilt before being reinstalled.
The two large, ornate Victorian light fixtures were originally made for gas (so they are gasoliers, rather than chandeliers) and needed electrifying in the workshop, in addition to a good clean and full restoration.
When the restoration of these beautiful light fittings had been completed, our lighting restorers took them back to Cliffe Castle and installed them back into their beautiful surroundings. They then moved on to cleaning the antique crystal chandeliers-another post is to follow!