NT Basildon Park opens access to oral history and conservators

This restored palladian mansion has a rich archive of oral history recordings from both above and below stairs. Organised for navigation by theme, these are now available to visitors during their house tour via an Info-Point unit. Following this success, Basildon had the idea to add automated time-lapse webcam video of their conservators at work.

House and Collections Manager Donald Ramsay says, “Each visitor can simultaneously choose their own topic of interest from our archive and hear these voices from the past come alive on their own phone. Personal reminiscences of the owners, Lord and Lady Iliffe, are complemented by the memories of those who spent their working lives on the Estate.”