I had an excellent day last week looking at the collection at Newstead Abbey near Nottingham. It is a beautiful place and was the home of the Byron family until it was sold by the poet in the nineteenth century. The original building is magnificent and the grounds are sweeping, with a lake, waterfalls and more formal gardens. We saw a sample of the collection including, embroidery, lace, dolls, shoes and costume and were given an insight into the conservation process as well. It was a fascinating day.