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01 Jul


Welcome to the Team: Catherine Atkinson!

July 1, 2021 | By |

We were delighted to welcome Catherine Atkinson to Hirst Conservation as our new Architectural Paint Researcher (APR) at the beginning of 2021. Catherine has been working closely with Charlotte Owen, our Senior Architectural Paint Researcher, to some of our exciting projects.

Catherine began her career as an APR intern, researching the interior decoration of Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor, and has continued to work within the field of architectural conservation since. Throughout her career, Catherine has continued to develop particular expertise in Georgian interiors and has worked on several high-profile British Listed buildings.

Although her previous projects have been primarily based in London, Catherine is looking forward to expanding her research on a broader variety of interiors across the UK and abroad with Hirst Conservation.

30 Nov


From Devastation to Conservation, St John the Baptist church, Royston

November 30, 2020 | By |

Fire is the most destructive threat any historic building faces. What the flames do not destroy is all too often ravaged by the water used to extinguish it, and smoke and moisture damage can spread far beyond the fire itself. Treatment of fire damaged stone, plaster, painted surfaces and indeed paintings, furniture and personal belongings is therefore an all-too-common necessity. Conservation of very deeply charred timber and particularly degraded linseed putty is, however, more unusual.

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05 Oct


A Little Gem – Wall Painting Fragment at Choir House 12, College Cloisters, Hereford Cathedral

October 5, 2020 | By |

Although fragmented and faded, the remains of a wall painting within the Choir House no. 12 provide a glimpse into the past and let us imagine the splendour once hidden behind the doors of this building.

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11 Sep


Team Vacancy: Architectural Paint Research

September 11, 2020 | By |

We are looking for a candidate to join our busy architectural paint research department based at our Lincolnshire offices, with national and international site work. A demonstrable background in conservation, archaeology, traditional architectural decoration or science is required, as is a passion for built heritage and historic decoration.

For further details and job specification please contact:

Closing Date: 2nd October 2020

Interview Dates: 9th/12th October 2020.

07 Sep


Trent Bridge – A Shining Example of Gothic Revival Architecture

September 7, 2020 | By |

Not even intense wind gust speeds and scorching temperatures could keep the team from transforming this wonderful bridge back to its former glory. We were very excited to take on the Trent Bridge rehabilitation project in Nottingham and absolutely delighted with the end result.

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05 Aug


Medieval Wall Painting in St Peter’s Church, Little Oakley

August 5, 2020 | By |

The crucifixion scene in St Peter’s church in Little Oakley highlights not only the great skill of medieval artistry, but also the ravages of water damage, mechanical impact and effect of prior overpaint and restorations.  Read More

31 Jul


Good News for Maison Dieu Restoration Project

July 31, 2020 | By |

Belated congratulations to Dover Town Hall on the award of planning permission for the proposed £9 million redevelopment of the Grade I-listed medieval and neo-gothic building Maison Dieu, which will include essential conservation work as well as the re-instatement of hugely significant William Burges decorations.

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08 Jul


Doors Opening at Durham Cathedral

July 8, 2020 | By |

The extraordinary north and south doors of Durham Cathedral are now open for private prayer and quiet reflection. We were delighted to have the opportunity to survey at the Cathedral after so many months of lockdown, just as the vergers were hard at work preparing the Cathedral, cleaning and demarking pews for safe distancing. Read More

23 Mar


Coronavirus Update

March 23, 2020 | By |

From our family to yours. We wanted to reassure you that as well as the wellbeing of our staff, the wellbeing of our wider family of clients and suppliers guides how we carry out our business during this difficult period.  Our priority is the safety of our staff, suppliers and the clients we serve nationally and internationally.  We have therefore adapted our ways of working to continue to be able to serve our clients whilst safeguarding all those we work with.

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06 Jan


Wall Painting Stabilisation at All Saints Church, Thelwall

January 6, 2020 | By |

Conservation and repair work was much needed for this grand 19th century wall painting that had a history of water ingress and inappropriate restoration. The painting sits above the chancel arch in 6the Grade II listed All Saints Church, Thelwall. The work followed two condition assessments and technical analysis and was undertaken in stages to allow complete carbonation of lime plaster repairs before any recreation of painted decoration could safely take place. Read More