The following are some examples of the type of work that has been undertaken over the past twenty years. It is impossible to cover all aspects, but we are seldom defeated.


An 18th century pole screen reconstructed using evidence found on the frame for colour and construction.


A church banner from the early 20th century dedicated to St Thomas a Becket. It was double sided with a bishop's mitre as the main feature of the reverse side.

Panels from an altar frontal.

Upholstered Furniture

An early 18th century stool, still with its original embroidered cover.

A copy made in the 19th century of a gothic style x-frame stool.

A cut and voided velvet had been painted in virtual monochrome. It was covered in dirt and mould, which cleaned off satisfactorily. The pictures were then mounted on padded board ready for framing.

Painted Textiles

A banner belonging to a local church much damaged by bloom on the paint caused by damp. One of 3 examples of the same problem dealt with by the Company.

Window Curtains

A set of mid to late 19th century net curtains appliqued with red cord and linen leaf shapes. The series runs before to after with washing and drying in between.

Preventive Conservation

Examples of the Housekeeping programme carried out on the beds in Burghley House each winter and spring.

Before and after treatment of a military hat affected by mould due to enclosure in an unventilated case. The lack of ventilation was corrected and the case thoroughly cleaned before the hat was replaced.

Small Embroidery

A mid 19th century embroidery by Japanese embroiderers for the export market was dated 1851 It was mounted on a typical light boxed frame covered in Japanese newspaper of the day. The frame had to be retained and refurbished, but the object itself was cleaned, supported using an adhesive technique and mounted on a padded board.


A small sampler from 1888, was rescued from a collapsed stretcher, washed and mounted on a board for framing.

Costume Conservation

A mid 20th century wedding dress, altered for evening wear resulted in damage to the lace, It was put in order and a figure created so it could be displayed in a temporary exhibition.

Wedding dress from about 1914, very dirty and bedraggled. It was washed and the fabric and construction conserved so that it could be safely stored in a made to measure acid free box.

A silk parasol in which the lining had shredded. The main canopy was internally supported before a new lining was put in.

A flapper dress from the 1920s was very degraded and the beads hanging in loose chains. It was washed and beads resewn.


Rugby caps dated 1899 prepared on a board to go inside a display case.

Three cricket caps prepared for enclosure in a glass case, Courtesy of Gallery Stamford.

A pair of fans, after being cleaned and supported were mounted on specially designed fan boards which give support to the whole leaf and sticks.

Wall Hangings

Rewoven cloth to replace a 19th century covering was stitched to meticulously match the pattern across the loom widths which were then re-hung by the Company.

Lace and white work

Several pieces of lace in the washing table and an example after such treatment

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