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31 Jan

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Calling all stone and plaster conservators

January 31, 2019 | By |

A position has arisen for a qualified and experienced conservator who specialises in the conservation of historic architecture and monuments. The role will be partly office-based in Lincolnshire, assisting with estimating and the preparation of tenders, as well as travelling country wide to undertake surveys, assess new opportunities and assisting with the running of current projects.  The successful applicant should also be able to write comprehensive technical reports, condition surveys and treatment reports, and will be expected to have knowledge of standards of best practice within conservation treatment and documentation, in line with ethical and procedural requirements of contemporary conservation practice.

Applicants should send a CV together with a statement of their personal aspirations and outline of past experience to pa@hirst-conservation.com marking the subject box ‘Job Vacancy’. For interview be prepared to show a portfolio and to provide two references.

CLOSING DATE: 22nd February 2019

28 Jan

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Tower Ceiling of the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Sutton Coldfield

January 28, 2019 | By |

During the month of October we were busy conserving a decorated timber ceiling, recently exposed within the tower of the Holy Trinity Church.  It was designed by the architect Charles Edward Bateman as one of four highly decorative ceilings, and executed in 1929 by John Wood Ltd.  It was hidden from view by the 1950s pipe organ until the 2018 re-ordering works.

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28 Jan

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Tutbury, Priory Church of St Mary, Alabaster Archivolt

January 28, 2019 | By |

Previously reported, the phase of works to include the initial consolidation of the most friable areas of the alabaster archivolt and laser cleaning of these unique stones has now been completed.

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28 Jan

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Gateshead Cenotaph

January 28, 2019 | By |

Remembrance Day 2018:  Restoration of the Gateshead Cenotaph Bronzes

This year’s Remembrance Day is very special as it marks the 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice, and in honour of this we were commissioned by the Gateshead Town Council to prepare their magnificent Cenotaph prior to the 11th November celebrations.

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08 Jan

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Fine Art – Cheltenham College Chapel

January 8, 2019 | By |

It has been a busy year in the fine art conservation department.  We have been dealing with several projects to include the restoration of paintings at Cheltenham College Chapel and undertaken in-situ condition surveys, studio assessments and various other works.

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27 Oct

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Happy Birthday and 250 Year Anniversary to Captain James Cook

October 27, 2018 | By |

Born on 27th October 1728, this year marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyage of discovery, (as well as his 290th Birthday).  The event has been celebrated throughout the summer, and has included voyages aboard a replica of the HM Bark Endeavour, live music, street theatre, sea shanties and a firework spectacular.

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27 Oct

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Bell Ringing Chamber, St Paul’s Cathedral: Restoring Permeability and Stability

October 27, 2018 | By |

Caption: Overview of Bell ringing Chamber after completion of works

Overview of Bell ringing Chamber after completion of works

Overview of Bell ringing Chamber after completion of works

We had an exciting opportunity to work inside a unique space within St Paul’s Cathedral during the late spring and autumn.  Working in liaison with Caroe Architecture Ltd. and the Cathedral’s Works Department, we undertook conservation cleaning, the stabilisation of flaking paint and the removal of an impervious gloss finish from the walls of the bell ringing chamber and to prepare a background for the new peal board to be written by the renowned London sign-writer John Farnham, which is to commemorate the 2012 London Olympics.

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18 Oct

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Wentworth Woodhouse: First Phase Investigations and Surveys

October 18, 2018 | By |

Hirst Conservation have been undertaking a number of surveys at the glorious Wentworth Woodhouse outside Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Once a family home, the house was acquired by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust (WWPT) in 2017. Renowned as once the largest private stately home in the country, the east front boasts a magnificent 600 foot long façade.

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13 Sep

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Laser Cleaning External Alabaster: High Speed Timelapse

September 13, 2018 | By |

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

12 Jul

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Medieval Pavement in Lichfield Cathedral Library

July 12, 2018 | By |

Lichfield Cathedral library is a unique space with a rare example of preserved medieval floor pavement. We were thrilled to assist architect Robert Kilgour and Greenwood Projects with the proposal to make the library accessible to a wider audience by initially undertaking a condition assessment of the floor tiles followed by conservation treatments to the tiles within the main room of the library.

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