Category Archives: ICON Institute of Conservation

Recording the Nation’s Sculpture – ICON Article

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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 .

Christmas message for 2013 and Happy New Year to all!

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It is now Christmas 2013 and we wish to express our thanks to everyone who has been involved in what has been a truly amazing year.  Before we depart for the Christmas and New Year celebrations we wanted to reflect a little on the year past. 2013 has been Inspire Conservation’s fifth year and the best yet!  It has been the busiest and includes some of the most interesting of our projects.  We are .

Winners of an Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2013!

OPT Plaque
We are proud to announce that Inspire Conservation have won an Oxford Preservation Trust award for our work at Magdalen College, Oxford last year.  We were encouraged by the local authority conservation officer to submit our project which was short listed from various projects that were put forward.  Out of the 16 nominated projects in the building conservation category we were one of only three projects to receive an award for our outstanding contribution .

Wittersham war memorial cleaning and conservation

Wittersham war memorial cleaning
  Inspire Conservation clean and conserve numerous war memorials nationwide and this example proves how far we work for these important structures.  We realise the importance of these monuments to the local communities and will go the extra mile to ensure that they are sensitively and effective conserved, especially in time for Armistice day.  Our offices in Buckinghamshire and Lincolnshire help us serve the whole of the UK for our monument and statue conservation .

Britain’s Empty Homes BBC1 with Michael Sheppard and Baptist chapel conversion

Chapel House entrance
  Inspire Conservations very own Michael Sheppard has been part of the Britain’s Empty Homes programme on BBC1 today showing his family home and soon to be Lincoln office as an example of a full redevelopment of an empty building.  The show can be seen in the clip below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b03gltdq/ Chapel House is a former Baptist chapel which has stood empty for a number of years and is adjoined to another house which will .

War memorial specialist working in the Cotswold Water Park

Ashton Keynes war memorial cleaning
  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 .

Condition survey and upcoming project on decorative historic interior

Music Room Ceiling
  Inspire Conservation have completed a comprehensive condition survey and treatment recommendation plan for another new client, PWR events, who organise well known events including Hampton Court Festival from their head office in London.  Their head office building is known as the Brick House or Grove House in Hampton and has an interesting history and a very unique Moorish interior scheme in one of the rooms within it. Inspire Conservation were sought to undertake a condition .

Inspire Conservation is celebrating its fifth year!

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  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 .
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