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25 Jun

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A 200 Piece Jigsaw in Limestone and Alabaster Reconstructed for Buxton Museum

June 25, 2018 | By |

Following damage in 2017 we were appointed by Derbyshire Borough Council to undertake works to the White Watson Tablet. The small but beautifully crafted plaque (1794) from Buxton Museum depicts folded and faulted strata of Ecton Hill on one side with various rock types in a pattern on the other, fashioned in local rocks and minerals, e.g. Crinoidal limestone, richly veined and coloured alabaster, with crystals of galena and haematite used to define the fault lines.

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15 Jun

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HMS Warrior: Uncovering the Last Victorian Iron Hulled Warship

June 15, 2018 | By |

In the spring of 2018 our architectural paint researcher started a programme of research to the interior of The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s HMS Warrior at which has been on display at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for over 30 years.

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18 May

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Conservation of Two Oil Paintings: Clausen & Warrener for Usher Gallery, Lincoln

May 18, 2018 | By |

 

We were delighted to be asked to undertake the conservation of two wonderful oil paintings held by the Usher Gallery, Lincoln, by their Collections Officer Dawn Heywood.  The paintings, Mowers by George Clausen RA and Un Aveu by William Tom Warrener, were treated at Hirst Conservation’s studios.

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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