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Posted in Conservation, Metalwork on August 19th, 2016

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RRC metal conservator, Julia Tauber, cleaning a bronze memorial plaque at Charterhouse School, Surrey.

The care and conservation of memorials has been a hot topic in conservation during the centenary of the First World War.  Having worked on memorials of all types in the past, RRC was pleased to be able to assist Charterhouse School, Surrey with the conservation of 58 memorial plaques.

The majority of the plaques are in bronze and range in date over the last 150 years.  The conservation work consisted of cleaning the plaques to remove all residues and previous wax coating. Active corrosion was then removed manually with fine wire wool and a hot tinted microcrystalline wax applied to unify the patina and provide a protective coating for the future.

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Before (top) and after conservation work on the bronze memorial plaque to George Mallory, the mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Everest.

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A wall of showing some of the memorial plaques, all of the work was undertaken on-site at Charterhouse.

Posted in Conservation, Decorative Arts, Metalwork on August 16th, 2013

Hepworth John lewis 2Richard Rogers Conservation have recently taken on the enviable project of restoring Barbara Hepworth’s Winged Figure, mounted on the John Lewis Building on Oxford Street, London. Having hung above one Britains busiest shopping street since the early sixties the nineteen foot sculpture has over the years been subjected to London’s heavy traffic fumes and weather and deserved to receive some expert conservation treatment.

In May 1961 Barbara was asked by John Lewis to design a sculpture for their London headquarters. They suggested the concept of the piece to ‘have some content that expresses the idea of common ownership and common interests in a partnership of thousand of workers’. And in 1962 the resulting Winged figure was created.

The piece was made in sections of sheet aluminium and its interesting surface texture achieved with the use of Isopon, a polyester resin filler often used in cars and boats.

More information on Barbara and our work to the Winged Figure:

http://www.rrconservation.co.uk/contemporary/barbara-hepworth/

More information on metalwork and metalwork restoration:

http://www.rrconservation.co.uk/metalwork/