What goes on behind the scenes at Standen House, an Arts & Crafts family home

Meet the team



Ben – House Manager

I’ve been at Standen since January 2011. I have long admired the house and collection, so when the opportunity came up to work here I had to apply, and was lucky enough to get the role! The thing I love about my job is the variety of things I get involved with, be that interpretation, managing conservation or sorting out the heating system – no one day is the same!  Working with such a fantastic team of staff and volunteers also makes all the difference.

If I had to choose my favourite object(s) in the house I would have to go for the collection of WAS Benson copper jugs and tray in the Dining Room. The simple yet elegant beauty of these pieces means they could fit into a modern house just as easily as they did in many homes over 100 years ago.



Victoria – House Steward

I’ve worked at Standen for 6 years now, having previously worked at Canons Ashby in the Midlands and Erddig in North Wales.  I love working with our volunteers, but my favourite part of my job is creating our exhibitions and interpretation around the house.

I have lots of favourite objects around the house – they can change from day to day – but a perennial is the painting Washing day at St. Ives by Arthur Hayward. I can hear the sea and feel the wind on my face.


Sarah – Assistant House Steward

I’m Sarah, the Assistant House Steward.  I have worked at Standen  since 2003 and I cannot think of anywhere else I would rather work. I love Standen’s peaceful, understated beauty.

My favourite object is the Vine Hanging in the Drawing Room, which was embroidered by Mrs Beale. It took her six years!



Caroline – Conservation Assistant

I joined the house team at Standen just over a year ago. Working as a Conservation Assistant I’m involved in many aspects of looking after the house, from cleaning, brush dusting, pest monitoring and deep cleaning. No day is ever the same, there’s always new challenges and things to learn.

If I could take any object home from the house, it would be the Benjamin Bulline Table Clock in the Business room. It’s an oriental design with beautiful ornamentation.




Rachel – Conservation Assistant


I started at Standen in July 2016 and am lucky enough to have 9 months ahead of me at the property as maternity cover for Caroline. Having first become involved with the National Trust as an intern at Scotney Castle last year, I am so pleased to have progressed to the role of Conservation Assistant at such an interesting property as Standen.

I’m still getting to know the house so am constantly discovering new favourite items. One thing I particularly like about Standen is the variety of light fittings on display. My favourites are probably the pendant fittings in the hall designed by W.A.S. Benson; the design is simple but they add so much to the room.

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