Our philosophy in ethical metalwork resoration and conservation

A strong, proven and well-defined philosophy runs through everything we do at Dorothea Restorations

Our conservation policy was developed as the first of its kind more than 25 years ago, and it continues to set the industry standard for ethical restoration and repair intervention on metalwork in any historic context.

Key members of staff are currently applying for accreditation with ICON (Institute of Conservation), the lead voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK.

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


  • Retain as much existing material as possible, repairing 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; and
  • Work to the highest standards consistent with the original style of manufacture.


And for new-build and replication work, the core principles remain the same – using traditional techniques and materials wherever possible, ensuring the closest possible appearance to either surviving fabric or historical records, and working to the highest standards possible consistent with the required style of manufacture.

A full copy of Dorothea’s Conservation Policy is available on application. Please email john@dorothearestorations or call 0845 4780773.