Conservation projects for historic buildings are often multi-faceted with internal and external artworks and items requiring expert care from conservators who specialise in their field. When a project involves multiple conservation concerns beyond the remit of your architectural work, our team can offer swift and professional advice, treatment, or storage for the many types of antiques and historically important items you may encounter.
Above: our team cleaning a fresco which has been contaminated with decades worth of smoke and nicotine
This includes a wide variety of specialisms, including:
- Oil paintings
- Murals and decorative ceilings
- Unusual items
Above: various restoration projects undertaken by our conservators, including painting treatments on location (left and right) and in our studio (centre)
Ensuring that all items and artworks are professionally assessed and preserved will not only benefit their own longevity, but the overall stability of a collection and their surroundings. Antiques and interior decorations, whether they are part of the building or removable, may require intervention to prevent any damage or contamination spreading further, as is the case for those which have been affected by mould, trapped moisture, soot, or a historic build up of dirt and debris.
Above: the restoration of a coat of arms completed by our conservator, including varnish treatments and consolidation of an unstable paint layer
A collaborative approach to conservation
Our conservation team share a philosophy of maintaining the historical and artistic integrity of an artwork or item, whilst providing care that will both preserve the piece and restore visual impact. This includes the professional cleaning of artwork and items, reinstatement of broken or missing areas, consolidation of cracked or flaking paint, and overall condition treatments.
Above: our studio allows conservators of many disciplines and experience levels to work together on a multifaceted restoration project
Our studio environment offers the unique ability for conservators of different fields to collaborate and share ideas, leading to the best outcome and intervention for objects, artworks and furniture which may have a shared history. Specialists in our team can offer advice on future environmental concerns which can be taken into consideration during your architectural project. A collection of artwork, furniture or specialist items can be assessed with an understanding of their previous environment, with a view to eliminating any risks in their collective future.
Above: our team can discuss projects in detail to ensure the best outcome for the artwork and specialist items involved
Treatments in a tailored timeframe
Our helpful office team will liaise with you throughout the project, tailoring the work to suit your needs and timeline. As a company, we have also worked on time sensitive conservation projects, understanding the importance of working to a deadline to ensure that planned historic preservation can take place smoothly.
Above: a detail from a ceiling part way through an initial clean by our conservators, revealing the original colours
In some cases, conservation treatments can be performed on multiple items simultaneously, as our experts work alongside each other within a beneficial timeframe for your project. For example, a gilt frame can be restored alongside the artwork it holds, allowing them to be reunited in their best conditions. Collections of furniture can be restored in a single timeframe or in specific lots which parallel your workflow and budgetary requirements.
Above: an oil painting depicting ‘St. George & The Dragon’ restored by our easel painting conservator
Previous projects and testimonials
We have over 35 years of experience in conservation and have worked with organisations including Church of England and National Trust. Projects which we have participated in include:
Ceiling mural restoration for Westonbirt School
Our conservators visited Westonbirt School to restore an important mural following a leak in the Grade I listed building. You can read more about this project and mural restoration here.
Above: our conservator working on the ceiling of the oriel room at Westonbirt House
Artwork and frame conservation for Wreay Church
Our team worked with St. Mary’s Church in Wreay, Cumbria to restore an important painting of their founder Sarah Losh. You can watch a full video on this project and the interesting history which was discovered by clicking here.
Above: our team removing the portrait of Sarah Losh from display in the church so that she can be restored in our studio
Painting conservation with funds from the Historic Houses Foundation
Two paintings were restored for Iscoyd Park in North Wales, our team assisted in obtaining funding from the Historic Houses Foundation through professional assessments and documentation for the clients. You can read a full case study on their restoration here.
Above: a portrait from Iscoyd Park which was restored by our team with funding from the Historic Houses Foundation
Banksy mural conservation at Marble Arch for Westminster Council
As well as traditional paintings, our team is experienced in the conservation of street art and contemporary pieces. Over the years we have been involved in the preservation of many Banksy pieces, including the professional removal of murals to allow them to be displayed elsewhere and the maintenance of protective screens to lessen the risk of vandalism.
Above: our conservator working on the Banksy mural at Marble Arch, one of many Banksy pieces protected by our team
Oil paintings restoration for the US Embassy in London
One of our experienced conservators restored paintings on site for the US Embassy in London, including portraits of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Above: our conservator cleaning two portraits at the US Embassy in London
Catholic painting restoration for Woldingham School in Surrey
We were contacted by Woldingham School in Surrey to restored their beloved Mater Admirabilis, an important artwork for their Sacred Heart school.
Above: the Mater Admirabilis restored by our team for Woldingham School in Surrey
Artwork analysis and assessments
Our team also specialises in the professional assessment of paintings, including scientific analysis of their construction with a view to gaining an insight into their history. This can be helpful in compiling historic records with a full understanding of an artwork for future generations. These services include:
Above: an example of condition reports which can be produced for an item involved in a restoration project
Storage for historically important collections
Historically important artworks and items may require a safe environment to reside in during architectural intervention. Our studio offers a perfect location to keep artwork, furniture and specialist objects away from harm whilst integral treatments are performed on their building. As our studio is designed for conservation, our experts are able to meet the specific environmental needs an object may require – a consideration that a conventional storage facility may not provide. This ensures that all objects are returned with no damages or decline in stability.
Whilst artwork is being stored, it can also be assessed for any deterioration or contamination. Treatments can be performed during this period to provide care before they are returned to display.
Above: the restoration of a small François Clouet portrait completed by our team
Contact our team for further information
If you would like to speak to our team about how we can collaborate with your project, or have any questions related to the restoration of artworks and items mentioned above, you can get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling us on 0207 112 7576