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17 Dec


Celebrating 35 Years of Hirst Conservation

December 17, 2021 | By |

This year we celebrate our 35th anniversary. We thought we would mark this significant milestone by looking back over the how the business has changed since it was started by Elizabeth Hirst in 1986.

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03 Nov


Welcome to the Team: Anna Webster!

November 3, 2021 | By |

We are delighted to welcome Anna to the Hirst team!

Anna brings a firm belief in the potential of the design and management of the built environment to affect positive change. She actively works to support equality in the construction industry, volunteers with Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) and is a nationally elected member of the RIBA Council.

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14 Oct


Giving local dignitaries a lift – William De La Pole and Voyage Sculpture

October 14, 2021 | By |

As a new employee to Hirst Conservation Ltd being involved with this task was a great start.

Few locations offer a better view of the Humber, modern architecture, a glimpse of the past and future of Hull.

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12 Oct


Wentworth Woodhouse – Going for Gold

October 12, 2021 | By |

Architectural paint research can often seem to be the invisible specialism but it’s where a conservation project often begins.

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30 Jul


Seeking Project Conservators

July 30, 2021 | By |

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

01 Jul


Welcome to the Team: Catherine Atkinson!

July 1, 2021 | By |

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.

30 Nov


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

November 30, 2020 | By |

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.

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05 Oct


A Little Gem – Wall Painting Fragment at Choir House 12, College Cloisters, Hereford Cathedral

October 5, 2020 | By |

Although fragmented and faded, the remains of a wall painting within the Choir House no. 12 provide a glimpse into the past and let us imagine the splendour once hidden behind the doors of this building.

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11 Sep


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:

Closing Date: 2nd October 2020

Interview Dates: 9th/12th October 2020.

07 Sep


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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