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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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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

Insole Court, Cardiff: Ceiling Stabilisation

February 1, 2018 | Hirst-Conservation We were delighted to return Insole Court in January, and complete the stabilisation of some unusual large scale anaglypta wallpaper panels, which had previously suffered significantly from water damage, and in some areas had to be removed to allow for essential stabilisation and repairs to the ceiling, itself a combination of both lath and plaster and highly degraded hessian reinforced plaster panels.  Read More

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