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30 Jul

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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 pa@hirst-conservation.com

01 Jul

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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

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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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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.

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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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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19 Aug

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Manchester Town Hall

August 19, 2019 | By |

Manchester Town Hall

Towards the end of 2018 Hirst Conservation were appointed specialist consultants to Conlon Construction Limited on behalf of Manchester City Council for a number of decorative packages to the investigative phases of the Our Town Hall project at the Grade I listed Manchester Town Hall.

The six-year long project saw the closing of the building in January 2018 to enable much needed repair and renewal works. The iconic Victorian building by Alfred Waterhouse is due to reopen in 2024 with plans still being formulated by project architects Purcell following the results of the investigative works.

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19 Aug

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Appointment of Karen Morrissey as Conservation Manager

August 19, 2019 | By |

Appointment of Karen Morrissey ACR in the role of Conservation Manager

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