Breathing new life into old floors

The Drawing Room in Valentines Mansion was the latest room in the historic building to undergo major restoration work to bring it back to its former glory.

The two week project was focused on bringing the flooring in the Drawing Room back to its original condition, and was completed in early March.

Before the final panel of flooring was laid a time capsule was buried under it to mark the culmination of the restoration project.

The wooden time capsule, which carried a hand engraved date of the year of burial, contained photos and information about the Mansion and the team behind the works.

Valentines Mansion has a number of resident artists who regularly exhibit their work in the Mansion’s Gallery.  One of the artists – Cinzia Castellano – was working in her studio the day the time capsule was placed under the floorboards.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea to bury a time capsule in the Drawing Room. One of the reasons I enjoy being here is because The Mansion gives me a constant link to the past, which is a great source of inspiration”, said Cinzia.


About valentinesmansion

Discover a beautiful country house and gardens in the heart of Ilford. Visit the recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, with gorgeous views over surrounding parkland. Enjoy contemporary art exhibitions and installations. Explore the stunning historic gardens. Bring the whole family for hands-on games, activities and discovery trails. FREE ENTRY Hire the Mansion...Valentines Mansion is a truly unique venue in a beautiful setting. With its elegant period rooms, grand staircase and enchanting walled gardens, this Grade II* listed building, is perfect for a whole host of functions, from weddings and celebrations to corporate events. The Mansion and its rooms can be hired either individually or exclusively and we work with a fine selection of caterers to ensure a first-class experience for you and your guests. Call us on 020 8708 8100 to find out more.
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