Christmas wrapping starts early for the conservators at Hampton Court Palace. Every autumn we wrap our most sensitive outdoor stone sculptures to protect them from the winter weather and in particular the effects of frost. Each statue is first inspected and photographed and then brushed clean before being given a cosy jacket made from Tyvek – a strong, flexible, waterproof material that protects the sensitive surface of the stone and marble from the weather yet allows it to breathe. It takes two people just over a week to wrap the eighteen most vulnerable sculptures. Six months later, when Spring has sprung, they will be unveiled!
See how many of these strange figures you can find in our gardens this winter.
Holly Wild, treatment conservator