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11 Sep

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Team Vacancy: Architectural Paint Research

September 11, 2020 | By |

We are looking for a candidate to join our busy architectural paint research department based at our Lincolnshire offices, with national and international site work. A demonstrable background in conservation, archaeology, traditional architectural decoration or science is required, as is a passion for built heritage and historic decoration.

For further details and job specification please contact:  pa@hirst-conservation.com

Closing Date: 2nd October 2020

Interview Dates: 9th/12th October 2020.

07 Sep

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Trent Bridge – A Shining Example of Gothic Revival Architecture

September 7, 2020 | By |

Not even intense wind gust speeds and scorching temperatures could keep the team from transforming this wonderful bridge back to its former glory. We were very excited to take on the Trent Bridge rehabilitation project in Nottingham and absolutely delighted with the end result.

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05 Aug

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Medieval Wall Painting in St Peter’s Church, Little Oakley

August 5, 2020 | By |

The crucifixion scene in St Peter’s church in Little Oakley highlights not only the great skill of medieval artistry, but also the ravages of water damage, mechanical impact and effect of prior overpaint and restorations.  Read More

31 Jul

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Good News for Maison Dieu Restoration Project

July 31, 2020 | By |

Belated congratulations to Dover Town Hall on the award of planning permission for the proposed £9 million redevelopment of the Grade I-listed medieval and neo-gothic building Maison Dieu, which will include essential conservation work as well as the re-instatement of hugely significant William Burges decorations.

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08 Jul

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Doors Opening at Durham Cathedral

July 8, 2020 | By |

The extraordinary north and south doors of Durham Cathedral are now open for private prayer and quiet reflection. We were delighted to have the opportunity to survey at the Cathedral after so many months of lockdown, just as the vergers were hard at work preparing the Cathedral, cleaning and demarking pews for safe distancing. Read More

23 Mar

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Coronavirus Update

March 23, 2020 | By |

From our family to yours. We wanted to reassure you that as well as the wellbeing of our staff, the wellbeing of our wider family of clients and suppliers guides how we carry out our business during this difficult period.  Our priority is the safety of our staff, suppliers and the clients we serve nationally and internationally.  We have therefore adapted our ways of working to continue to be able to serve our clients whilst safeguarding all those we work with.

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06 Jan

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Wall Painting Stabilisation at All Saints Church, Thelwall

January 6, 2020 | By |

Conservation and repair work was much needed for this grand 19th century wall painting that had a history of water ingress and inappropriate restoration. The painting sits above the chancel arch in 6the Grade II listed All Saints Church, Thelwall. The work followed two condition assessments and technical analysis and was undertaken in stages to allow complete carbonation of lime plaster repairs before any recreation of painted decoration could safely take place. Read More

19 Aug

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Conferences and Working Partnerships

August 19, 2019 | By |

Conferences and Working Partnerships

We have been delighted to visit a number of analytical facilities recently including the British Museum and the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI). At the conservation department at the British Museum it was very useful to discuss our mutual interest in the use of Lasers.  Machines are being developed and improved and we expect to see greater use of them in the future for stone, plaster and painting conservation.  If anyone is in Scotland in early September Sabina will be discussing the challenges in the cleaning the alabaster archivolt at St Mary’s Tutbury at the Monuments in Monuments Conference in Stirling, details https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/what-we-do/conservation/conferences-and-events/monuments-in-monuments-2019/. We are also looking forward to the forthcoming publication following this conference.

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19 Aug

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Stowe House

August 19, 2019 | By |

Stowe House is a grade I listed building in Buckinghamshire. Following the conservation of the Fame and Victory ceiling above the East Staircase, a limited investigative study of the cornice and walls was carried out, during which time a scheme of nationally-significant grisaille wall paintings was discovered, dating from c1740.

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19 Aug

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Stonemasonry Student of the Year Award

August 19, 2019 | By |

In July Elizabeth was delighted to be asked to present the award of Stonemasonry Student of the Year to Hannah Kendall at Moulton College, Northampton.  This award is given by The Worshipful Company of Masons who encourage the pursuit of excellence in colleges by sponsoring awards for achievement.

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