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27 Oct


Bell Ringing Chamber, St Paul’s Cathedral: Restoring Permeability and Stability

October 27, 2018 | By |

Caption: Overview of Bell ringing Chamber after completion of works

Overview of Bell ringing Chamber after completion of works

Overview of Bell ringing Chamber after completion of works

We had an exciting opportunity to work inside a unique space within St Paul’s Cathedral during the late spring and autumn.  Working in liaison with Caroe Architecture Ltd. and the Cathedral’s Works Department, we undertook conservation cleaning, the stabilisation of flaking paint and the removal of an impervious gloss finish from the walls of the bell ringing chamber and to prepare a background for the new peal board to be written by the renowned London sign-writer John Farnham, which is to commemorate the 2012 London Olympics.

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18 Oct


Wentworth Woodhouse: First Phase Investigations and Surveys

October 18, 2018 | By |

Hirst Conservation have been undertaking a number of surveys at the glorious Wentworth Woodhouse outside Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Once a family home, the house was acquired by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust (WWPT) in 2017. Renowned as once the largest private stately home in the country, the east front boasts a magnificent 600 foot long façade.

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13 Sep


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


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


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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15 Jun


HMS Warrior: Uncovering the Last Victorian Iron Hulled Warship

June 15, 2018 | By |

In the spring of 2018 our architectural paint researcher started a programme of research to the interior of The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s HMS Warrior at which has been on display at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for over 30 years.

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18 May


Conservation of Two Oil Paintings: Clausen & Warrener for Usher Gallery, Lincoln

May 18, 2018 | By |


We were delighted to be asked to undertake the conservation of two wonderful oil paintings held by the Usher Gallery, Lincoln, by their Collections Officer Dawn Heywood.  The paintings, Mowers by George Clausen RA and Un Aveu by William Tom Warrener, were treated at Hirst Conservation’s studios.

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14 Mar


Lead testing using XRF analysis

March 14, 2018 | By |

XRF analysis can be a useful tool in determining the presence of lead in historic paint films. A portable handheld XRF ‘gun’ on site, allows a large number of samples to be tested in a relatively short period of time, and also has the benefit of being non-destructive. Read More

02 Feb


St John the Evangelist, Sharow

February 2, 2018 | By |

Just in time for the Christmas celebrations we completed a programme of conservation and restoration works to two wall paintings in the nave of the church of St John the Evangelist in Sharow, North Yorkshire for PPIY Architects and Walter West Builders. Read More

01 Feb


Insole Court, Cardiff: Ceiling Stabilisation

February 1, 2018 | By |

We were delighted to return Insole Court in January, and complete the stabilisation of some unusual large scale anaglypta wallpaper panels, which had previously suffered significantly from water damage, and in some areas had to be removed to allow for essential stabilisation and repairs to the ceiling, itself a combination of both lath and plaster and highly degraded hessian reinforced plaster panels.  Read More