Understanding the significance of an object is vital. Our unique combination of knowledge, experience and craftsmanship is of great help in guiding the enabling grant bodies when awarding financial assistance to a project.
For almost 40 years Hugh Harrison FSA (pictured here whilst working in Russia), as an Accredited Conservator, has been a regular contributor of papers and articles to academic and technical books and publications. In timber construction we are the only people to have done this including both series of English Heritage’s Conservation Manuals and Hugh Harrison is currently working on the new edition of Practical Building Conservation. Internationally he has been an invited to be a visiting contributor on the conservation of painted timber to a select group advising the city of Beijing, China through ICOMOS* and to the Russian Society of the Village Church through MAPS** and SPAB***.
The detailed process of surveying and drawing forces the construction to be fully understood which in turn enables decisions to be more effectively reached on the level of recommended conservation. Very often this demonstrates that a reduced specification is sufficient for the purpose or that the perfect solution is unobtainable and an additional material needs to be used for the reinforcement
of unrepaired fractures.
Our drawing skills and knowledge of complex joinery construction enabled us to develop the original architect’s sketch for the spectacular reredos at Groton School, Massachusetts (pictured below) into a fully resolved design. Likewise our deep-rooted knowledge of medieval polychromed woodwork techniques enabled us to play a key role in designing and creating the new choir stalls for the Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York. Our years of experience working with medieval woodwork and the combined skills of our highly trained carvers and joiners enabled us to design and construct the complex canopies of the Columbarium at St Thomas, 5th Avenue, New York. These same skills also made it possible to produce the fine tolerances needed to construct a 12 x 7 foot pivoted, panelled door in the Memorial Hall at Eton College without the need for more complex balancing techniques.
We believe in an exhaustive artistic, historical and technical analysis of the object to be conserved or repaired from the viewpoint of understanding and recording the original construction process and for new work, respecting the setting and historical context into which it is to be designed.
Our values and ethos are balanced equally between the academic and the practical and we aim for a thorough understanding of both. We deploy traditional craft skills with contemporary scientific advances both to interpret and to preserve our heritage.
For more information please e-mail Hugh
*International Committee on Monuments and Sites
**Moscow Architecture Preservation Society
***Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings