Gary Marshall – National Trust Archaeologist for the London and South East Region -visited Osterley today to produce a measured survey drawing of the north wall of the Breakfast Room, to record aspects of its construction.
The drawing will include the position of battens, the location of tacks for hessian and outlines of glue marks. Before the walls are decorated every piece of physical evidence must be gathered and the production of archaeological drawings helps to ensure that nothing has been missed.
There are four archaeologists who work for the National Trust within the London and South East Region alone. While it might be assumed that the work of an archaeologist mostly takes place amidst the remarkable countryside cared for by the National Trust, contributing towards a greater understanding of the construction of buildings also forms a key part of their work.
The completed survey drawing of the north wall will be circulated within the project team for comment before the remaining elevations are attempted.