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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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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

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

28 Nov

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Celebrating 30 years of Hirst Conservation

November 28, 2016 | By |

It seems quite remarkable for Hirst Conservation to be celebrating 30 years and it is hugely gratifying that this should be one of our busiest years yet. By the nature of our business, we stand to be judged by generations to come, but the work at Ely Cathedral and York Minster in the 1980s seem like only yesterday. Read More