The conservation studio abides by a rigorous, informed and highly dynamic conservation policy. Our staff are academically and professionally qualified in a range of specialisms and the standard of our craftmanship and conservation understanding is widely recognised.
The studio conservators have completed conservation work for English Heritage and Cadw, as well as for Conservation Accredited Architects and other conservation organisations such as the National Trust, museums and conservation contractors. Please ask for a list of referees.
Modern conservation theory and practice has been developing over many years and central to our practice is the mantra of informed conservation. When historically significant elements of our nation's heritage are being placed in the hands of conservators or restorers, it is important to know that every step has been taken to ensure the most appropriate treatment of building fabric of historic significance.
Our philosophy is one that puts information and understanding at the heart of everything that we do, meaning that our studio treatment is considered, informed and in the best interest of the material. Thorough investigative examinations supported by detailed reports, plans and proposals are a key part in making sure that the correct approach and treatments are carried out.
All of our conservation work follows standards and research published by various UK and international organisations, including the following guidance:
Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA)
CVMA, Guidelines for the Conservation and Restoration of Stained Glass (Nuremberg, 2004)
The Institute of Conservation (ICON)
ICON, Icon Professional Standards and Judgement & Ethics (London, 2020)
The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
ICOMOS, The Venice Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (Venice, 1964)
European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organisation (ECCO)
ECCO, Professional Guidelines Parts I - III (Brussels, 2002)
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)
IHBC, Conservation Professional Practice Principles (2017)
Historic England, Stained Glass Windows: Managing Environmental Deterioration (2020)