The art and antiques industry is served by specialists in conservation and restoration to maintain and preserve items. Restorers usually focus on specific areas whether it be paintings, furniture, works of art, ceramics, antiquarian books, jewellery or taxidermy.

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Édouard Manet portrait in Welsh museum gets funding for restoration from TEFAF grant

28 August 2021

The National Museum Wales has received a €20,000 (£17,130) grant to restore an Édouard Manet (1832-83) picture.


Q&A: Simon Gillespie

05 July 2021

Described recently in a How To Spend It article in the Financial Times as a “part sleuth, part therapist and part miracle worker… a modern master of illumination”, Simon Gillespie runs a team of seven conservators, restorers and specialists in his studio above New Bond Street in central London.


Q&A: Ceri House

05 July 2021

Ceri House is an artist and restorer and currently works with Nick Shipton and the Brothership Studio team in Hertford.


Q&A: Plowden & Smith

05 July 2021

Conservation and restoration firm Plowden & Smith is now run by managing director Camilla Hughes-Hunt with a team of 13 qualified full-time conservation specialists.


Clean energy: The real-life world of art restoration

05 July 2021

TV programmes have brought restoration and conservation into the public spotlight recently, but what is life really like for those working in the field at a time when training and jobs are under pressure?


College and school of design merger creates South Downs and London supercentre

05 July 2021

West Dean College recently merged with KLC School of Design in London.


Q&A: Lizzie Neville, head of school of conservation at West Dean college

05 July 2021

Lizzie Neville, head of school of conservation at West Dean College of Arts & Conservation, works with 15 full-time members of staff and more than 50 visiting lecturers


Q&A: Priory Polishes

05 July 2021

Priory Polishes sells restoration products to the antiques trade and was originally founded by Allan Worrell in Lancashire and later run by Paul Cartwright. Last year antiques and restoration firm Driscoll’s Antiques in Clitheroe, Lancashire, run by James Driscoll, took over the firm and Priory Polishes is now run by daughters Isabel (age 21) and Ruby (age 18).


ATG letter: Triptych ‘salvaged from a church’

12 April 2021

MADAM – Can your readers identify the workshop responsible for this ‘Last Supper’ triptych of glazed tiles, set on a slate and mortar matrix?


5 Questions: Anthony Bridgman

29 March 2021

Anthony Bridgman is head of restoration at Westland London where he has worked since the 1990s. Established by Geoff Westland in 1969, the firm deals in architectural and decorative antiques and has built one of the largest collections of antique chimney pieces in the world, with some 750 examples.


Missing barometer brought back to life

08 March 2021

A Surrey clockmaker has made a replica of a celebrated English barometer that is now lost.

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More independent condition reports requested across 2020

04 January 2021

Demand for independent condition reports soared during lockdown, according to one restoration firm.

Obituary: Robert A Luck

02 November 2020

Robert was born in Stirling, Scotland, in April 1943 and being always interested in design and architecture, soon got a job at Heal’s in Tottenham Court Road.

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ATG LETTER: National Trust specialist roles under threat

24 August 2020

MADAM – Many of your readers will already have heard the news that the National Trust is going through a consultation process and will make up to 1200 redundancies as it expects to lose up to £200m this year.

ATG letter: Try infrared setting to see inscriptions

10 August 2020

MADAM – You might suggest to Anthony Carter that he should photograph the faint inscription on his ‘fake Constable’ (Letters, ATG No 2451) with an infrared setting on a camera (often called ‘night vision’ on cameras).


Dealer and restorer Gary Wallis launches new antiques TV programme

29 July 2020

Fans of antiques TV have a new show to try.


Design history course to be launched in County Durham this year

28 January 2020

The Northern School of Art in Hartlepool, County Durham is recruiting students for a new design course.

Obituary: Porcelain restorer Ian Norman

13 January 2020

I knew Ian Norman (formerly of Porcelain Repairs) for over 35 years. He was a master craftsman of repairing antique porcelain.


Obituary: Picture restorer Sydney Bennett (1933-2019)

02 September 2019

Picture restorer Sydney (Syd) Bennett passed away on August 16, aged 86.


Obituary: Metal conservator Peter ‘Mick’ Willet

13 May 2019

Peter Willet (1941-2019), known affectionately to all as Mick, has died suddenly.