A condition survey involves the
examination and photographic recording of an object,
surface, or building prior to treatment.
survey aims to:
Record the present condition of the
object, highlighting areas of failure or concern.
Better understand the nature,
history, technology and significance of the object
Investigate previous interventions.
Identify causes of historic and
Present conservation recommendations
based on the results of the survey.
Provide an estimate for works, if
used in a condition survey include:
A visual examination of the object
A technical examination of the
object using ultraviolet light to detect the
presence of varnish, non-original materials, the use
of particular paints etc.
The use of raking light to detect
inconsistencies in the surface topography of an
A written explanation of the
condition of the object
The digital annotation of diagrams
or photographs to locate areas of failure
A bound and illustrated report is provided, in which the findings of the survey
are detailed with recommendations
for the development of an appropriate strategy to
stabilise the object.
All work carried out by Hirst
Conservation will be continuously recorded using written
and photographic means. This will be formatted into a
Final report and x3 copies provided for the client on
completion of works. A CD copy will be included on
Some of our projects include:
Stowe School, Buckingham -
Consultancy and quality assurance for re-rendering
of building. Specifications and surveys for
stabilisation of interior dome.
Cardiff Castle - Research,
investigations, condition surveys and consultancy
for the conservation of 19th Century painted
decoration by William Burges.
Peterborough Cathedral -
Survey of 12/13th century painted wooden nave
St Pancras Chambers, London –
Survey of plasterworks
Uppark House, West Sussex
(National Trust) - Consultant for interior
decoration and supply of bespoke pre-aged lead
Durham Cathedral - Condition
survey of medieval wall painting in The Galilee
Houghton on the Hill -
Investigation and survey which revealed an important
scheme of wall paintings c1190.
Villa Saraceno, Venezia, Italy
- Consultancy, condition surveys and investigations
to the interior and exterior of the Palladian villa
The Cabinet Office, London -
Protection of archaeological excavation.