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magnificentthesevenWWW.NTS.ORG.UK41?They carry out their work with great care and skill - andwith little fuss. Yet these textile conservation volunteers are among many individuals on whom the Trust dependsPEOPLEPhotography:Rob Brady

42SUMMER 2012PEOPLE?Conservation is a team effort - but the spotlighttends to shine on the team unevenly. If you lead anarchaeological dig or mastermind a wildlifeprotection programme, everyone wants to shakeyour hand. The interview requests come in and theplaudits flow - quite rightly. But once a fortnight, at Hill of TarvitMansionhouse, a group of enthusiasts meet to makean equally vital contribution to the Trust's work.Many members know nothing about the textileconservation volunteers, yet they play a key role inprotecting treasured furniture and artefacts atproperties all over the country. Their work is distinctfrom that of accredited textile conservatorscommissioned by the Trust - but is no less valuable.The six women, led by supervisor Alison Docherty,