OFF TO THE CLEANERS
The oldest tapestry belonging to the National
Trust, which normally hangs in the dining room of Montacute House, is being sent overseas to be cleaned. Dating from the late 15th century, the millefleurs tapestry was commissioned by the townspeople of Tournai in 1477 as a gift to the governor of the Dauphine. Donations and legacy bequests raised the funds to send it to De Wit in Belgium, the world leader in textile conservation, for a specialist clean which is likely to take two years.