Visited The Vyne nr Basingstoke, Hampshire yesterday. Always best viewed on a bright day as the interior is heavily protected from UV light. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/vyne/
Stunning grounds were very popular due to the great weather, with timed tickets for the house. I always love seeing the Camera Obscura in use, but it has to be on a bright day to see anything, really. It was amazing to contemplate how we have moved from this invention to the digital camera I used to take these pictures.
I’m quite pleased with the images from the interior using only available light (flash is banned), simply relying on the kit lens, high ISO and a steadier than usual hand!
The volunteers, who act as guides in each room, can relate some fascinating pieces of history. Apparently, lap dogs were popular in Tudor times to lure the fleas off humans. Oh yes. Then the animal was removed outdoors, each day, to be thoroughly de-flead by a servant. Way to go!
Cleaning & restoration work used to be carried out in the late autumn and winter, when the properties were closed to the public. Now however, due to year long opening, this work must be done often while the property is open, with many properties having maximum limits on footfall, to manage wear and tear. Light & humidity can wreak havoc.