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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

12 Jul

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Medieval Pavement in Lichfield Cathedral Library

July 12, 2018 | By |

Lichfield Cathedral library is a unique space with a rare example of preserved medieval floor pavement. We were thrilled to assist architect Robert Kilgour and Greenwood Projects with the proposal to make the library accessible to a wider audience by initially undertaking a condition assessment of the floor tiles followed by conservation treatments to the tiles within the main room of the library.

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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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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

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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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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