Abbots Langley war memorial has been cleaned by Inspire Conservation with the DOFF super heated water system and repointed with lime mortar ready for the winter months and the second phase of work, which will take place in the new year. The monument was heavily colonised by algal growths and the lettering was barely legible, but since the cleaning it is clear that the names can now be read. The second phase of .
Hertford Heath is a village in Hertfordshire who at the beginning of 2013 called upon Michael Sheppard to assess their war memorial and compile a specification of work to restore it. The programme included cleaning with the DOFF super heated water system, lime mortar grouting, pointing and consolidation and general repairs to the surrounding base. The PCC managed to raise the funds necessary to complete the works and so at the latter stages of .
Essendon PCC contacted Inspire Conservation seeking our war memorial and stone cleaning services and we were instructed to DOFF clean their war memorial in time for the 2013 armistice day commemorations. The small memorial was cleaned with our super heated water system to gently remove the algal and lichen growths from the surface. The whole monument was then sprayed with an ammonia based biocide to actively remove any further growths for the next .
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 .
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. .
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 .