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Here are the latest happenings here at Cliveden Conservation.

Words from the MD

“I’m thrilled that, since our last newsletter in 2015, Cliveden Conservation has continued to consolidate its position in the conservation industry to become, increasingly, the number one choice for many interesting research, conservation and restoration projects. The past 12 months have been packed with exciting developments, including numerous awards for the restoration of Painshill Grotto […]

Monster Restoration

A 162-year-old iguanodon in Crystal Palace Park was saved from extinction thanks to a Cliveden Conservation project that finished in January: a monster restoration effort earning us an appearance on BBC One. Gyles Brandreth, presenter on The One Show, interviewed our stone section manager, Lewis Proudfoot, before placing the final tooth in the Victorian beast’s jaws […]

Returned to Ruins

The public can once again enjoy a unique piece of English architectural history, thanks to a Cliveden Conservation project. Our work was one of only seven Grand Prix winners at Europe’s most prestigious heritage honours, the Europa Nostra awards. Sanderson Miller designed the tower to look like a medieval ruin and construction started in 1768. […]

From the Ashes

The remains of the National Trust’s Clandon Park, a Palladian mansion built in 1720 and devastated by fire last year, are revealing secrets of unique significance that will enable this national treasure to rise from the ashes. The Marble Hall at Clandon is one of the most striking architectural spaces in Britain: a two-storey cubic […]

Bath Time?

England’s oldest surviving outdoor swimming pools, Cleveland Pools, on the banks of the River Avon in Bath, could be restored for public use, according to plans revealed at the end of April. Following closure in 1978 the 200 year-old facility fell into disrepair and was even used as a trout farm in the 80s and […]

No Pain No Gain

Painshill Park’s grotto, the largest in the country, has won two awards after an extensive restoration. Now Cliveden Conservation is proud to be preparing for the restoration of another Painshill marvel – the Temple of Bacchus. Cliveden Conservation approaches tenders with the same meticulous care we show when actively working on a restoration effort. Our […]

The Talented Mr Rice

René joined Cliveden Conservation as Plaster Section Manager at the end of 2015. He is a fantastic addition to the company, with 25 years’ conservation experience, and expertise in project management and hands-on restoration. René gained his diploma in stone conservation in 1985 before starting work with Ian Constantinides at St. Blaise, where he distinguished […]

Strength to Strength

The Cliveden Conservation team has gained four superb new members: Tony Bradbury (General Manager), Alexandra Miller (Assistant Decorative Arts Section Manager), Rene Rice (Plaster Section Manager) and Michael Sheppard (Special Projects Manager). All bring specialised expertise and unique skills to their roles, making our line up stronger than ever. *** Tony Bradbury, General Manager Tony’s […]

Religious Education

Next year Corpus Christi College, Oxford, will celebrate it’s 500th birthday. In preparation, the chapel at the world-famous college is being restored to its former glory. The college, whose alumni include Ed Miliband (former leader of the Labour party) and Martin Wolf (associate editor of the Financial Times), is, remarkably, only the 12th oldest in […]

What Lies Above

Cliveden Conservation was commissioned to go behind-the-scenes at National Trust properties around the country in order to prepare a report on the condition of their fibrous ceilings. Since the mid-1800s, ornate ceilings have been made from a mixture of plaster, hessian cloth and timber. The same technique is still used today. The ceilings are suspended […]

Terracotta frieze restoration earns City of London Award

Cliveden Conservation has been Commended in the City Heritage Society Award 2016 for our work to restore the terracotta frieze at Cutlers’ Hall, London. This prestigious award, now over 30 years old, is given each year to the best refurbishment projects in the City of London. Previous winners include St Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Bar and […]

Cliveden Conservation Are Recruiting

Cliveden Conservation are recruiting Managers at all levels to take forward the Plaster and Decorative Arts sections as we continue to expand. For more information please contact us at our headquarters in Taplow. Tel: 01628 604721 email: [email protected]

Newsletters

Newsletters that encompass the recent work that Cliveden Conservation has completed.

The Queen’s College Library, Oxford

Cliveden Conservation has recently completed the restoration of the pediment, capitals and swags of The Queen’s College Library in Oxford. The work was carried out in conjunction with a huge conservation cleaning project to the two library floors inside the building.  The pediment tympanum depicts wisdom personified by a seated female figure, surrounded by attendant […]

Tewkesbury Abbey Restoration

A major programme of works was carried out to the South side of Tewkesbury Abbey in 2013 for Andrew Townsend Architects. The Abbey suffered a major fire in the 12th Century, as can be seen in the distinctly pink-toned limestone across the South Face.  The fire damage had left severely fractured stones, plus a later […]

Sir James Tillie Monument restoration shortlisted for two awards.

The restoration of the crumbling mausoleum to Sir James Tille, who built Pentillie Castle in 1698, was completed in Spring 2013. The Cliveden team of carvers and conservators involved should be very proud of their work being short-listed for both the Angel Awards (craftsmanship category) and the Georgian Group Awards. After being completely dismantled and transported back […]

“Threatened species returns to Downhill”

These two (lynx-like) sculptures of Ounces topping the gate piers to the Downhill estate were badly decayed. The restoration project involved the removal, conservation and return of the fragments of the sculptures, the carving of two new Ounces, and remounting these on the gate piers. There was also the preparation of the plinths prior to […]

‘‘Cold comfort on the Cliveden Estate’’

All the statuary and decorative stonework at Cliveden, and many of the fountains and gates, is regularly maintained by a strong team of volunteers and estate personnel. They help to clean and protect the collection against England’s changing winter weather. Cliveden Conservation’s head office is in the estate’s grounds and we advise and train these […]

‘‘All hail Caesar at Hever’’

We have recently begun a seven year project to conserve Hever Castle’s large collection of classical statuary and sculpture which dates from Roman times through to the Renaissance. The statues, urns, sarcophagi, well-heads and columns were brought to Hever between 1903 by collector of antiquities, William Waldorf Astor, when he was an American representative in […]

‘‘Greater gaiety for the Fountain of Love’’

This fountain, known as the Fountain of Love, is located on the Cliveden Estate, Berkshire. Cleaning and conservation had been carried out on this fountain before, but not to this extent. The frost damage to the Sienna marble shell was extensive and required immediate attention to avoid further problems. Lichen growth had covered the figures […]