Students Staff

5 December 2014

Behind the scenes at Windsor Castle

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 5:02 pm

Windsor-CastleSecrets of maintaining a pristine Royal Household were revealed to Edge Hotel School undergraduates who were treated to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Windsor Castle.

Their day long visit was an unforgettable experience, not only revealing many tricks of the trade but demonstrating some of the varied and exciting careers available in the hospitality industry.

Student George Moison said: “It was an exciting and insightful day, it was great to see how housekeeping differs at the Royal Household from areas in the hotel sector.”

Their visit began with a tour of the public areas where heads of state would meet the Queen, before a memorable visit to the library in the private quarters, including sight of works by Leonardo Da Vinci.

The morning ended in the impressive kitchen, learning about its history and how the team, led by chef Mark Flanagan, caters for state visits.

Housekeeping operations were the focus for the afternoon. The students began in the laundry room, where linen dating back to 1901 is looked after by expert professionals and organisation is key to success.

The housekeeping team at Windsor Castle uses technology to monitor the humidity, temperature and light in each room to ensure the correct cleaning techniques are employed to upkeep furniture to the highest standards. The team uses cleaning brushes made of hog’s hair, horsehair, pony hair and goat’s hair, according to the surface. To fully clean one public room can take up to two days.

The students have also been invited back for work experience.

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