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Conserving the past to enrich the future for over thirty years

Hirst Conservation Ltd was founded by Elizabeth Hirst to provide a holistic approach to the conservation of objects, buildings and associated surfaces.

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Seeking Project Conservators

July 30, 2021 | Hirst-Conservation We currently have a number of opportunities for work on projects requiring experienced plaster, stone, mosaic, painted decoration & fine art conservators nationwide. We would be particularly interested to hear from conservators who are based in or have the flexibility to work in the northwest, west Midlands and Midlands.   Please send your CV and availability to

Welcome to the Team: Catherine Atkinson!

July 1, 2021 | Hirst-Conservation We were delighted to welcome Catherine Atkinson to Hirst Conservation as our new Architectural Paint Researcher (APR) at the beginning of 2021. Catherine has been working closely with Charlotte Owen, our Senior Architectural Paint Researcher, to some of our exciting projects. Catherine began her career as an APR intern, researching the interior decoration of Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor, and has continued to work within the field of architectural conservation since. Throughout her career, Catherine has continued to develop particular expertise in Georgian interiors and has worked on several high-profile British Listed buildings. Although her previous projects have been primarily based in London, Catherine is looking forward to expanding her research on a broader variety of interiors across the UK and abroad with Hirst Conservation.

From Devastation to Conservation, St John the Baptist church, Royston

November 30, 2020 | Hirst-Conservation Fire is the most destructive threat any historic building faces. What the flames do not destroy is all too often ravaged by the water used to extinguish it, and smoke and moisture damage can spread far beyond the fire itself. Treatment of fire damaged stone, plaster, painted surfaces and indeed paintings, furniture and personal belongings is therefore an all-too-common necessity. Conservation of very deeply charred timber and particularly degraded linseed putty is, however, more unusual. Read More

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