First day at Petworth House in Sussex has been a complete success. After setting off on Sunday morning we managed to be at the House to have a free tour of the house and see its vast collections and history. The house is partly opened to the public through the National Trust and also still a working house which is inhabited by the Egremont Family.
With an early start yesterday we met the National Trust conservator Ylva who gave us a great insight into the history of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. After Elaine and Ylva made a bespoke book cover to protect the velvet binding, we then proceeded with the main bulk of the digitisation.
Later in the day after a very successful session we were then told of the BBC wanting to cover the story of the Digitisation. With the BBC booked for a Four o’clock interview, Carol was then interviewed by Spirit FM in the meantime just to add to the commotion of the day! We couldn’t have hoped for a better first day as all of the Recto (front facing) images had been completed ahead of schedule.