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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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31 Jul


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


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

06 Jan


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

08 Jan


Fine Art – Cheltenham College Chapel

January 8, 2019 | By |

It has been a busy year in the fine art conservation department.  We have been dealing with several projects to include the restoration of paintings at Cheltenham College Chapel and undertaken in-situ condition surveys, studio assessments and various other works.

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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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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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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