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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 .

We are shortlisted for the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2013!

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  Inspire Conservation are proud to announce that we have been short-listed for the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2013 and we will find out if we have been successful in our category later in November.  We will of course keep you posted on the outcome.  We are a small conservation company who are pleased that we will be placed amongst other much larger and more established conservation companies this year.  We are proud that .

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 .

Inspire Conservation has launched its new website

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  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 .

Liken for Lichen

Liken for Lichen Following our campaign for good ethical stone conservation we have republished our article from a few years ago concerning the removal of lichens from monuments.  This information can be used to assess whether it is necessary to remove growths from monuments and gauge the impact it will have on the stone and the legibility of inscriptions. New research is currently being undertaken and it is planned that we will be publishing .

Another Accreditation Success

ACR means the conservator can demonstrate a proficient level of competence, sound judgement and an in-depth knowledge of the principles which underpin conservation practice. Michael Sheppard, accredited conservator and Director at Inspire Conservation has completed his first accreditation review with very positive and encouraging feedback.  The assessors comments included; ‘shows a commitment to disseminating expertise’ ‘commitment to improving both conservation practices and business approach’ Michael’s dedication and motivation to provide exceptional stone and decorative .
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