With all historic metal conservation and restoration work, our aim is to:

  • Retain as much existing material as possible using interventive methodologies

  • Repair sympathetically rather than renewing

  • Use (where at all possible) traditional techniques and materials wherever renewals are unavoidable

  • Avoid changing historic appearance as little as possible – consistent with achieving a stable condition for the metalwork

  • Record in detail the artefact before, during and after conservation work especially by measured drawing and photographing, and ensure the secure and stable long term storage of records

  • Instruct those concerned with on-going care and maintenance in the correct procedures and processes

  • Work restoration to the highest standards consistent with the original style of manufacture

 

Our skilled craftsmen and craftswomen can guide you through every stage of a conservation, restoration or repair project, no matter how complicated. Our work in this field includes:

  • Initial consultancy to help you decide on the best approach for every part of the project

  • Recording and dismantling, whether the item will be worked on site or back in one of our two dedicated workshops

  • Cleaning – whether a complete blast clean, flame cleaning or manual / mechanical cleaning

  • A full range of repair and join techniques including:

    • electric arc welding

    • plate repair

    • stitch repair

    • adhesive / resin repair (conservation)

  • Replacement parts

  • Finishing

    • spray or brush painting

    • galvanising steel

    • gilding

  • Specialist joinery and carpentry

  • Specialist glazing

  • Reassembly

  • Support and after-care consultancy

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