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
2013 has been a great year and as we are in a great position and are getting increasingly busy with more project enquiries being put in our direction we are looking for more staff. This is a testament to our current work ethic and commitment to building conservation. As a result we are looking for more sub-contractors who are suitably qualified and experienced in their trade to work with our current staff and .
Millbrook Station in Bedfordshire is one of the Cottage Orné style stations on the Bletchley to Bedford line complementing the structures on the Duke of Bedford’s estate and the façade has undergone restoration works by Inspire Conservation. The building was purchased in the 1980’s and is now in private ownership and has been restored heavily in the past. The render was failing and the timber façade slowly decaying. The client instructed Inspire Conservation to .
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. .
The WWI centennial celebrations will be upon us next year and it is only natural that there would be a influx of war memorials requiring repair and cleaning as parishes and custodians prepare ahead to the calendar event. Inspire Conservation undertake numerous war memorial conservation programmes every year and we are known for our understanding of these unique monuments. Ampthill town council have instructed us to conserve, clean and repair the monument including DOFF cleaning .
Here is another example of our cleaning system in action on a war memorial in Bedfordshire which is currently being restored for the centenary next year. There are approximately 70,000 war memorials in the UK, that is almost one in every village. These monuments and memorials are in various states of repair and we are proud to say that we have restored, repaired and cleaned numerous war memorials nationwide. The services that we provide include: .
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 .
Our new office is now open for business in Little Horwood. We have the facility to work on various movable objects including gilding, specialist decoration, stone masonry cleaning, conservation and stone carving. Inspire Supplies products are being stored here at our workshop so if you are in the home counties and require quality lime mortars and traditional equipment then feel free to come in and collect your products. We aim to create a .
We have launched our new website and the Inspire brand has grown to include our other sister companies. This now includes Inspire Supplies and Inspire Lime which continue to provide great free advice and stone conservation products. We are now also part of the up and coming Ionic group manufacturing lime mortars and ecological building systems and insulation. Keep your eyes out on our developments as we will be releasing new product lines .