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.

TEFAF 2016

Three projects awarded TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund for 2017

16 January 2017

The Musée Rodin and the Detroit Institute of Arts have been awarded the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund for conservation.

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Restoration firm Plowden & Smith wins project for Scotland’s oldest concert hall as it celebrates 50 years in business

06 December 2016

Conservation and restoration firm Plowden & Smith has won a new contract to help the University of Edinburgh renovate Scotland’s oldest concert hall.

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Doing thy bidding – Stoneware from Canterbury Cathedral raises £210,000

27 September 2016

Canterbury Cathedral’s prayers were answered when every one of the 144 lots from its cathedral stone sale were sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries at the weekend.

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Canterbury Cathedral Great South Window stonework up for auction

16 August 2016

It is not every day you get the chance to own a unique, original piece of the oldest church in England still in use. If that is your desire, on September 24 your prayers will be answered.

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Stock lost in mill fire but centre could reopen before Xmas

11 December 2015

The owner of the Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, devastated by fire last month, is hopeful the lower part of the building can reopen later this month.

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Sir John Soane’s apartments to be opened this week

18 May 2015

Sir John Soane’s private apartments will be unveiled this week as the second stage of the refurbishment of the museum in his former home is completed.

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Nantgarw Friends to hold Bank Holiday antiques fair to help with fundraising drive

21 August 2014

In April 2013, the Nantgarw China Works Trust took on the lease of the site of the Nantgarw pottery where porcelain was produced under the aegis of William Billingsley between 1813-14 and again from 1817-19.

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Spencer’s Great War masterpiece reopens after restoration campaign

18 August 2014

Earlier this month, 100 years to the day since the outbreak of the First World War, Sandham Memorial Chapel near Newbury reopened to the public after restoration.

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Soane’s weekend retreat to be restored in £9m project

09 June 2014

While Sir John Soane’s labyrinthine central London treasure trove of a house is very well known, less familiar is his country home to the west of the city.

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Hope from the ashes as conservers inspect The ‘Mack’

02 June 2014

Staff and officials are still assessing the extent of the damage and loss at The ‘Mack’, Glasgow School of Art’s iconic Mackintosh Building, which was devastated by fire.

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Opportunity knocks for West Dean clock restorer

17 February 2014

A young clock conservator, Jonathon Kelly, is being given an opportunity to work on a rare 18th century musical and mechanical clock made by George Pyke.

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18th century Meissen revived via 21st century technology

28 January 2014

The cutting-edge technology of 3D printing is being used to restore a spectacular Meissen table fountain that is to go on public display for the first time in 150 years when the V&A’s new ‘Europe 1600-1800’ galleries open in late 2014.

The importance of the Punta Cana Pewter Wreck

16 October 2013

Martin Roberts, the UK specialist who worked as a consultant on the Punta Cana site, discusses the importance of the Pewter Wreck.


Restorer vows to rise from the ashes after blaze destroys workshop

15 April 2013

When fire destroyed the workshop of Glyn Elias’ Dorking antiques shop he was so determined to carry on the business he had it open the very next day.


Salvator Mundi: condition and provenance

18 July 2011

LONG before this picture came to light, Salvator Mundi was a known work by Leonardo recorded as either lost or destroyed.


Royal cabinets restored to Alnwick

01 February 2011

AFTER more than 17 months of work, the restoration of the Cucci cabinets, on display at Alnwick Castle since 1930, is complete. The Kent-based conservator Yannick Chastang was chosen to restore what he calls “the most valuable pieces of furniture in the world”.


Toy auctioneers turn their attentions to listed home

22 March 2010

THE home of West Midlands toy specialists Astons is the grade II listed Baylies's Charity School, on Tower Street, Dudley.

Compensation mooted as China changes tack over return of works of art

30 November 2009

CHINA is to encourage the return of its cultural heritage by offering overseas collectors “reasonable compensation”.

Revamp for St Ives studios

23 November 2009

THE St Ives studio that housed Sir Terry Frost, Peter Blake and Francis Bacon has won a £900,000 restoration grant.


Tompion tribute from West Dean to Greenwich Royal Observatory

13 July 2009

JOHAN Ten Hoeve, a professional development diploma student on West Dean College’s clocks programme in West Sussex, has made a replica of a Thomas Tompion clock for the Royal Observatory Greenwich.