We thought that this would be of interest to our viewers who do not necessarily have access to the ICON magazine. This is an article in the current issue 51. These pages have often sung the praises of the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and its mammoth undertaking of recording all the oil paintings in public ownership (see www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/). Now the PCF is turning its attention to sculpture and has just signed a partnership agreement .
We thought we would have a bit of fun and plot some of the projects that Michael Sheppard and Inspire Conservation have completed projects over the last eight years and it turns out that it covers quite a distance…
Have a look at the English Heritage conservation bulletin which focuses on the centennial of the first world war and all things war memorial related. A good read and one that it obviously very current. Enjoy! http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/conservation-bulletin-71
If you are a custodian of a war memorial or have one in your village or town which requires attention before the centennial event on the 4th August 2014 then you may require funding for the work. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) offer funding for the restoration and repair of World War One memorials, monuments and other artefacts for the centennial. The details can be found here on the HLF site with various options. .
Inspire Conservation are proud to be involved in so many war memorial restoration projects in the UK and we take great pride in these unique and community based monuments as they are normally the centre of local populations who strive to conserve and restore these little gems. As we are getting close to the centennial celebrations for the first world war we thought we would help out caretakers of these fabulous monuments with .
Ashton Keynes is in the middle of the Cotswold water park, an area of natural beauty and outstanding national heritage. The water parks are disused aggregate quarries which are now a local attraction for wildlife and water sports. The war memorial in Ashton Keynes was in a poor state of repair and following a report issued by Odgers Conservation Consultants for English Heritage, Inspire Conservation were instructed to undertake the careful cleaning and repair of this .
Inspire Conservation is now 5! Michael Sheppard set up Inspire Conservation five years ago after completing a two year project with Payne and Stewart at Cardiff castle. Michael acted as the site manager over seeing a large team of wall painting and decorative surface conservators and specialist subcontractors. The companies humble beginnings started as MJS Conservation for a few years and established itself as a stone conservation company specialising in the treatment of .
English Heritage have recently held an event at one of their properties; Brodsworth Hall – Enchanted Gardens. As part of the show and the exhibition of the splendid Victorian gardens some of the marble statues were sensitively cleaned and conserved by Inspire Conservation. The marble statues were cleaned and consolidated with St Astiers Lithomex repair mortar, NHL mortar and lime shelter coats. The statues really set off the approach road to the house and are now set for .
Housesteads is the best-known fort on Hadrian’s Wall and the most complete Roman fort in Britain, currently maintained by English Heritage. Set where Hadrian’s Wall climbs to the top of a dramatic ridge, there are some stunning views to enjoy from the walls of this ancient fortress. Housesteads was one of the permanent forts added to the Wall around AD 124, as part of a second plan for the new frontier. Known to the .