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19 Aug

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Manchester Town Hall

August 19, 2019 | By |

Manchester Town Hall

Towards the end of 2018 Hirst Conservation were appointed specialist consultants to Conlon Construction Limited on behalf of Manchester City Council for a number of decorative packages to the investigative phases of the Our Town Hall project at the Grade I listed Manchester Town Hall.

The six-year long project saw the closing of the building in January 2018 to enable much needed repair and renewal works. The iconic Victorian building by Alfred Waterhouse is due to reopen in 2024 with plans still being formulated by project architects Purcell following the results of the investigative works.

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19 Aug

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Appointment of Karen Morrissey as Conservation Manager

August 19, 2019 | By |

Appointment of Karen Morrissey ACR in the role of Conservation Manager

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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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