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27 Sep

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Belton House Stables

September 27, 2017 | By |

For the past few months we have been undertaking paint research to the stables at Belton House, Grantham. Belton House was built for Sir John Brownlow in 1688 and is one of the last properties to be bequeathed to the National Trust (1984). It is a Grade I listed property with the stables listed within the top 10 significant surviving 17th century stables in the country. Read More

08 Jun

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Calling all Freelance Conservators

June 8, 2017 | By |

Hirst Conservation are always on the look out for conservators and specialist craftspeople. We work on projects in a great range of materials including stone, plaster, timber, painted and gilded surfaces and easel paintings. We welcome CVs from freelance conservators across a range of skills and specialisms. Read More

26 May

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Delapré Abbey – Billiard Room now open within the Café

May 26, 2017 | By |

Through most of 2016 Hirst Conservation completed Architectural Paint Research, conservation of extant finishes and reinstatement of lost elements throughout the major state rooms of Delapré Abbey. We still can’t wait to see the spaces furnished and complete, but were delighted to visit Northampton recently and find the cafe open in the new orangery, and afternoon tea laid out in the billiard room. Read More

26 May

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Gorton Monastery, Manchester

May 26, 2017 | By |

Hirst Conservation has now completed a project at Gorton Monastery in Manchester. The works started in March 2016, as part of a larger project ‘Sharing the Story – Welcome Wing’, and included repairs and conservation to the historic fabric of the Sanctuary and Lady Chapel. Over twenty conservators worked on site and at the Hirst workshops, to bring the ‘romantic ruin’ back to life. Read More

26 May

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Dover Town Hall, Maison Dieu

May 26, 2017 | By |

A belated congratulations to Dover Town Hall on the launch of their restoration appeal and award of Grade I listed building designation.  Hirst Conservation was delighted to be able undertake initial architectural paint research and digital recreation to reveal and showcase some of the fantastic William Burges decoration to key interiors.

Following initial paint research, limited uncovering and examination of archive images we were able to overlay onto images of the current scheme a digital recreation of the original colours, line work, stencilling, and free hand painting that make up the decoration of these splendid William Burges interiors.
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28 Nov

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Celebrating 30 years of Hirst Conservation

November 28, 2016 | By |

It seems quite remarkable for Hirst Conservation to be celebrating 30 years and it is hugely gratifying that this should be one of our busiest years yet. By the nature of our business, we stand to be judged by generations to come, but the work at Ely Cathedral and York Minster in the 1980s seem like only yesterday. Read More

07 Nov

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East Staircase, Stowe House

November 7, 2016 | By |

Following the completion of the conservation works to the painting of Fame & Victory (c1740 by Francesco Sleter) above the East Staircase at Stowe, Hirst Conservation were commissioned to carry out further investigations to the walls.

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25 Oct

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Swan Wing, Royal Shakespeare Company

October 25, 2016 | By |

Congratulations to the RSC on the opening this weekend of their new exhibition ‘The Play’s The Thing’ in the now fully open Swan Wing. Hirst Conservation was delighted to be involved in the nine month restoration, made possible by a £2.8 million award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and lead by Shaylor Group.

Hirst Conservation carried out the interior stone cleaning, including carvings and marble plaques, as well as the cleaning, pouliticing and nano-lime consolidation of the more sensitive exterior stone work.
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25 Oct

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Dumfries House, Marble Crucifix

October 25, 2016 | By |

Hirst Conservation is delighted to have just completed a transformational programme of conservation and restoration to a white Carrara marble crucifix at Dumfries House.

The entire crucifix was carved from just a single piece of Carrara marble. Surrounded by trees and wild vegetation, it was extensively colonised by organic growth, moss and algae. Indeed it was so highly discoloured it appeared to be made of timber or metal rather than marble.

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08 Sep

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St Brides Church, Fleet Street

September 8, 2016 | By |

On Sunday 25th September at 11.00 am the service at St Brides Church, Fleet Street will be ‘Bright and Beautiful’, to celebrate the removal of the scaffold and unveiling of the newly cleaned interior.    Read More