This week paint scrapes were taken from 19 locations in the Breakfast Room and associated areas.
The samples were taken by Dr Spike Bucklow, Senior Research Scientist at the Hamilton Kerr Institute at the University of Cambridge. The scrapes were taken in front of visitors who were able to ask questions as work progressed.
The first sample was taken from one of the recently revealed wooden battens which frame the plaster of the pier on the east (window) wall. Excitingly this appears to be an early yellow paint but we will have to wait for the results of the analysis!
Samples were also taken from the cornices, skirting, dado field, ceiling and window architrave. A further 2 samples were taken from one of the bookcases in the Library’s ‘secret passage’ – bookcases which may once have lined the walls in the Breakfast Room.