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Restoration

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

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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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

25 Oct

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Swan Wing, Royal Shakespeare Company

October 25, 2016 | By |

Congratulations to the RSC on the opening this weekend of their new exhibition ‘The Play’s The Thing’ in the now fully open Swan Wing. Hirst Conservation was delighted to be involved in the nine month restoration, made possible by a £2.8 million award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and lead by Shaylor Group.

Hirst Conservation carried out the interior stone cleaning, including carvings and marble plaques, as well as the cleaning, pouliticing and nano-lime consolidation of the more sensitive exterior stone work.
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25 Oct

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Dumfries House, Marble Crucifix

October 25, 2016 | By |

Hirst Conservation is delighted to have just completed a transformational programme of conservation and restoration to a white Carrara marble crucifix at Dumfries House.

The entire crucifix was carved from just a single piece of Carrara marble. Surrounded by trees and wild vegetation, it was extensively colonised by organic growth, moss and algae. Indeed it was so highly discoloured it appeared to be made of timber or metal rather than marble.

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08 Sep

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Bramall Hall

September 8, 2016 | By |

Congratulations to Bramall Hall which sold out tickets for its opening weekend.  Hirst were delighted to have been part of the team undertaking the two year restoration project to this timber framed Tudor manor house thanks to a £1.6 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read More