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Hirst Conservation Ltd was founded by Elizabeth Hirst to provide a holistic approach to the conservation of objects, buildings and associated surfaces.

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Laser Cleaning External Alabaster: High Speed Timelapse

September 13, 2018 | Hirst-Conservation Work on this unique alabaster archivolt of the Norman doorway dating from ca. 1160 is underway at St Mary's Church, Tutbury, with a programme of pre-consolidation and meticulous laser cleaning. We couldn’t resist documenting the dramatic transformation with some very high speed time lapse recordings. Read More

Lead testing using XRF analysis

March 14, 2018 | Hirst-Conservation XRF analysis can be a useful tool in determining the presence of lead in historic paint films. A portable handheld XRF ‘gun’ on site, allows a large number of samples to be tested in a relatively short period of time, and also has the benefit of being non-destructive. Read More

St John the Evangelist, Sharow

February 2, 2018 | Hirst-Conservation Just in time for the Christmas celebrations we completed a programme of conservation and restoration works to two wall paintings in the nave of the church of St John the Evangelist in Sharow, North Yorkshire for PPIY Architects and Walter West Builders. Read More

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