A number of companies are experienced architectural conservators, either as individuals or teams, and cover a wide number of disciplines. Architectural conservators examine, document, treat and provide preventive care of existing architectural objects, often of high quality. They differ from architects, who are listed under a separate professional section.
Companies supplying goods or services for Conservators
Arte Conservation Ltd, incorporating The Wall Paintings Workshop, are a long-established firm of ICON-accredited consultants and conservators specialising in the conservation and restoration of wall paintings, easel paintings and the decorative arts. Our portfolio also includes the conservation and restoration of mosaics, polychrome sculpture, monuments and historic plasterwork at our well-equipped studio or on site where necessary. Clients include English Heritage, the National Trust, cathedrals, churches, public and private owners of historic buildings and museums including the National Maritime Museum.
The Cliveden Conservation Workshop since its foundation as the National Trust Statuary Workshop in 1982, then as an independent company from 1990, has developed great expertise in specialist areas of conservation such as statuary conservation, architectural conservation, stone, plasterwork, masonry, carving and the decorative arts.
Conservation Technologies is a department of National Museums Liverpool providing specialist commercial services in a number of areas. It provides 3D laser scanning and replication, object display mounts and technical services, sculpture conservation and
training courses. It has pioneered the development of technologies to care for items and artefacts from all historical periods. The resident team of conservators and scientists have extensive experience in analysing and handling objects in a wide range of materials including marble, stone, terracotta, ceramics, bronze, plaster and wax.
Daedalus Conservation is the specialist historical repair and conservation division of the traditional building contractor, R W Armstrong. It is an experienced principal contractor and specialist trade contractor, based in the South West but operating throughout the UK. Daedalus Conservation specialise in the repair and conservation of historic buildings, providing expert consultancy, advice and design, as well as offering all of the associated principal services; stonemasonry, carpentry and fine joinery, heavy oak carpentry, lime plasterwork and brickwork.
Hare & Humphreys, established in 1987, are conservators specialising in decorating and gilding. They can advise on the causes of decoration deterioration and to write specifications for the conservation or restoration of historic interiors, as well as carry out condition surveys, historic buildings reports and historic paint analysis. Advice is available on appropriate systems for redecoration and a design service for colour schemes, wall coverings, fabrics and specialist artwork, with a team of French polishers, fibrous plasterers, joiners and other historic building craftsmen and conservators.
Hirst Conservation Ltd
Head Office, Laughton , Sleaford, Lincolnshire
London Office, 75 Cowcross Street,
London EC1M 6EL
Tel 01529 497449 (Sleaford) 0800 068 5418 (London) Fax 01529 497518
Hirst Conservation, established in 1986 by Elizabeth Hirst, who was trained by the Bakers, who were amongst the UK’s most eminent conservators of wall paintings and limestone sculpture. They are on the Conservation Register and employs a number of PACR accredited conservators. The company structure includes a wide range of disciplines, including stone and sculpture, lime plastering , metal and bronze, stucco, decorative finishes, wall paintings, materials analysis, paint research and easel paintings conservation, using experienced conservators. Other aspects of their work include cleaning of building surfaces, gilding, environmental monitoring, moisture and salts profiling, condition surveys, and remedying ceiling suspension.
Lloyd Haslam Conservation specialises in fine and decorative art conservation.
We offer a full range of professional services for the conservation and restoration of gilded, decorative surfaces and wall paintings. We provide museum standard conservation including condition surveys, treatment, reports, research and advice on preventative conservation. Catherine Lloyd Haslam and Sarah Warburton are both PACR accredited conservators.
René Rice has worked as a conservator since 1985 and has worked for St. Blaise Ltd, Kervaig Associates as a partnership, Nimbus Conservation Ltd and the Butrint Foundation as lead conservator. Conservation work has included stone cleaning ( Holburne Museum, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Westminster Abbey), stone and render repair and conservation (National Trust), cleaning, shelter coating and repair ( Bristol Cenotaph), grafitti removal (Westbury White Horse, Bristol Cathedral), paint sectional analysis (Ammerdown House), gilding of railings (Victoria Park, Bath), statuary conservation (Blenheim Palace), cleaning and rewaxing of bronze statue (Queen’s Square, Bristol) and stucco ( Buckland Abbey RICS Conservation Award).
An established conservation and restoration company with an experienced team of conservators, restorers and mount makers. Our highly skilled team is able to work with and conserve artwork, sculpture, metalwork, stone and historic interiors. Our client base is as diverse as our skill set and includes the likes of national museums, institutions and private collectors. We follow the highest professional standards in conservation ethics, offering consultation, full documentation of all work and advice for future care. Richard Rogers Conservation is included in the Conservation Register and is a PACR Accredited Conservator-Restorer with the Institute of Conservation (ICON).
Rupert Harris Conservation was established in 1982 and was appointed Metalwork Conservation Advisor to the National Trust in the same year. Since then the company has built a reputation as the leading conservators of metalwork and sculpture in the UK. The studio’s work covers bronze, lead, cast-iron, zinc and electrotype sculpture; modern and contemporary art; historic lighting; gold; silver; fine ironwork; arms and armour; ecclesiastical metalwork; casting, replication and consultancy. Clients include the National Trust, English Heritage and the Royal Collection as well as major museums, art galleries, local authorities, architects, auction houses and private collectors. Accredited member of ICON.
Schärer Conservation are skilled craftsmen and qualified conservators of artefacts and the fabric of historic buildings, including conservation of sculpture, monuments and mosaics, painted and applied decorative surfaces, on stone, plaster and wood. The building conservation team is skilled in lime plastering, decorative plasterwork, limewashing, wattle and daub, slate roofing and masonry. The company is headed by Ned Schärer, whose experience includes working for Westminster Abbey ( including the Opus Sectile Sacrarium Cosmati pavement), the National Museums, and work for Friends of Friendless Churches and The Landmark Trust.
Thermo Lignum® has pioneered the development of natural alternatives to chemical methods of insect pest eradication since 1990. Thermo Lignum’s® ecological WARMAIR technique will sympathetically eradicate damage-causing insect pests, such as woodworm, death watch beetle, moths and carpet beetle etc., from a wide spectrum of organic materials, including wood, paper, textiles, leather, fur and natural history specimens, in objects ranging from artwork and furniture to rugs, tapestries and garments, through structural and architectural components of timber frame buildings. In addition, the Thermo Lignum® WARMAIR process is being used successfully to combat Dry Rot. Thermo Lignum also has offices in Austria, Germany and Belgium.
Fisher Decorations Limited
, 157 Marston Road, Stafford ST16 3BS
Telephone 01785 251300 Fax 01785 251500
Hesp & Jones
, The Cedars, Beningbrough, York YO30 1BY
Telephone 01904 470256 Fax 01904 470937
Holden Conservation Ltd
, 6 Warple Mews, Warple Way, London, W3 0RF
Telephone 020 8740 1203 Fax 020 8749 8356
Nimbus Conservation Ltd
, Eastgate, Christchurch Street East, Frome,
Somerset BA11 1QD Telephone 01373 474646 Fax 01373 474648
Plowden & Smith Limited
, 190 St. Ann's Hill
London SW18 2RT
Telephone 020 8874 4005 Fax 020 8874 7248