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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

14 Mar

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Lead testing using XRF analysis

March 14, 2018 | By |

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

02 Feb

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St John the Evangelist, Sharow

February 2, 2018 | By |

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

01 Feb

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Insole Court, Cardiff: Ceiling Stabilisation

February 1, 2018 | By |

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

01 Feb

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Treatment of Bronze and Marble Statues: Queen Victoria and Richard Baxter

February 1, 2018 | By |

Our team have recently undertaken treatment of two very different and remarkable statues: A Sicilian marble Monument to Richard Baxter Monument in Kidderminster, Worcestershire and a bronze memorial statue to Queen Victoria located at South Shields Town Hall.   Read More

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

21 Sep

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All Saints Church, Mackworth

September 21, 2017 | By |

In the summer of 2016 Hirst Conservation carried out a condition survey to the chancel of the 14th and 15th century All Saints Church, Mackworth, Derbyshire for Smith and Roper Architects, and made recommendations for treatment to both the interior and exterior of the church. Conservation works were undertaken in May 2017.

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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 major conservation project at Gorton Monastery in Manchester. The works started in March 2016, for HH Smith and Son and project architect Alan Gardner, 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