"The National Trust has used the services of Lincoln Conservation University of Lincoln for paint research on a wide variety of projects over the past 15 years. Their depth of knowledge and detailed documentation contributes significantly to the overall understanding of the decorative history of our properties. Lincoln Conservation UL's professionalism ensures that the project objectives are clearly defined, the work is completed on time and within budget.”
Christine Sitwell, Paintings Conservation Adviser, The National Trust
“Lincoln Conservation University of Lincoln gave a seminar on their work to Historic Scotland in 2009 which was very well received. They are active in promoting their field via ICON and the Traditional Paint Forum and maintain good rapport with the heritage conservation sector. I have found their reports to be well laid out and present readily verifiable findings. ”
Michael Pearce, Historic Interiors Research, Historic Scotland
“Lincoln Conservation University of Lincoln are great fun to work with, both personable and professional in their approach to conservation. Understanding historic sites is more than a mere vocation for them; they’re clearly compelled to seek out evidence for the places our ancestors once knew, and they don’t stop looking.”
Dr Jonathan Foyle, Chief Executive, World Monuments Fund Britain Ltd
“Lincoln Conservation University of Lincoln has undertaken a number of commissions in relation to projects under my direction, most recently for Lincoln College, Oxford and The Goldsmiths’ Company. Services provided have included the analysis and interpretation of historic decorative schemes and the conservation of gilded statuary requiring research and the carving and replacement of missing elements.”
“I am impressed by the range of skills Lincoln Conservation possess, the care and attention to detail and the quality of the finished result. Their communication is also excellent so that options are presented and discussed before a final decision on any treatment is made.”
Rodney Melville, Rodney Melville & Partners, Chartered Architects & Building Consultants
“Lincoln Conservation University of Lincoln always produce a clear and detailed report of their research, providing archive information and images where available. I value the advice of Lincoln Conservation UL when we, and our clients, are trying to restore or recapture the effect of a historic paint scheme, in the 21st century. They have a knowledge of currently available paints and varnishes to give the effect of the historic finishes whilst meeting the client’s expectations for lifespan and maintenance within the current legislation (on hazardous materials).”
“We were pleased to learn on our recent appointment for the restoration of the Cast Courts at the V&A, that Lincoln Conservation UL had already been appointed directly by the V&A to undertake extensive paint research. Their recent presentation of research undertaken revealed evidence of a detailed decorative scheme, which is informing our current proposals.”
“My colleagues at Julian Harrap Architects have worked successfully with Lincoln Conservation UL at The Learned Societies at Burlington House, Piccadilly, grade II listed: Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society for Chemistry, and at Wren’s church St Mary le Bow, Cheapside London, grade I listed.”
Judy Allen, Architect, Julian Harrap Architects
"Donald Insall Associates have worked with Lincoln Conservation, University of Lincoln for several years and, in particular on developing colours for the Covent Garden Market Building. Here they have been instrumental in both carrying out site analysis of the historic colours of the shed structures and the shop fronts but also in advising on palettes of period colours that would be appropriate for redecoration."
"We have always had a good and creative relationship with them. They have brought both technical, and historical knowledge to the projects but combined this with a creative understanding which has been of great value."
Peter Riddington, Director and Architect, Donald Insall Associates Ltd.
"RHWL Architects worked with Lincoln Conservation UL from the earliest stages of the project, through the planning process and then into the tender stages and construction phases, including a particularly sensitive period following a fire which damaged some of the most important original decorative schemes. They also contributed throughout the consultation processes with English Heritage and other conservation authorities."
"Lincoln Conservation UL carried out a wide range of services in order to help bring this landmark building back to its original magnificence, displaying a great depth of knowledge and an impressive attention to detail. All members of the team had the most professional approach at all times."
"RHWL Architects would welcome the opportunity to work with them again at any time."
Jane Hilling, Project Architect St. Pancras Station, RHWL Architects
"The Little Greene Paint Company is launching the 'Retrospectives' paint collection comprising 32 stunning - and - genuine colours from the 1960s and 1970s. Lincoln Conservation were commissioned by Little Greene and English Heritage to identify and research the interior design history of these two iconic decades."
"During the selection process it became clear that the Lincoln Conservation team not only had the research and technical ability to carry out our project, but, that it had very clear ideas about the process – this was reassuring to us as we needed the work completed within a tight timescale. We also felt that the team understood fully the commercial implications of their work."
David Mottershead, Managing Director, The Little Greene Paint Company
"Bernard Taylor Partnership has worked with Lincoln Conservation on three recent projects within the practice. At all stages, from the initial and subsequently detailed investigation through to implementation on site, we have developed a collaborative working relationship with their team. Lincoln Conservation’s analytical approach combined with their extensive historic knowledge base has brought fresh dimensions to these projects which have been both stimulating and creative."
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Plymouth Grove, Manchester: A period restoration of the home of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, a rare survivor of an early Victorian Villa in the Greek Revival style in Manchester (Grade II*)
"This included intricate paint analysis and the surveying of existing wallpapers to inform decisions about the restoration proposals. External paint analysis of surviving render was carried out to enable a replication of lime wash colours to the new lime render finish which was completed by the main contractor in 2010."
Etwall Almshouses, South Derbyshire: Redecoration of the 17th century archway memorials (Grade II*)
"This included paint analysis and investigation together with the implementation of the final decoration scheme using lead based paints with natural pigments including lamp black and lapis lazuli mixed by Lincoln Conservation."
Spring Bank Arts Centre, St. James the Less, New Mills: The conversion of St James the Less church (Grade II) into a Community Arts Centre
"This included the analysis of paint surfaces to the decorative scheme on the interior of the Church. The process has revealed hidden details and gilded images which will be restored as a permanent record. Based on the research the intention is to recreate on the west wall the original stencil scheme dating to 1880."
Rob Harrington, Associate, Bernard Taylor Partnership
"The redundant Chapel of Ease of St James the Less on Spring Bank, New Mills, High Peak was purchased in January 2011 by our Preservation Trust to facilitate a new future for the Grade II listed building. It is to become the central studio in a community arts centre. Our project has been in the main financed by The Heritage Lottery Fund. An important commitment on receipt of the grant is that we should restore and preserve elements of the original Victorian polychrome decorative scheme as witness to the chapel’s 1880s appearance. However, our forebears in their wisdom had white-painted away most traces of the elaborate décor, designed by The Powell Brothers of Leeds!"
"Our solution was to call in Lincoln Conservation. Some painstaking preliminary research revealed evidence of the rich Victorian coloration and the detailed stencil patterns that extended all round the church. A decision was taken to collect all available data from the west gable end with a view to replacing an authentic copy of the scheme in its entirety when that wall had been damp proofed and re-plastered. Instructions were given for the complete restoration of four extant wall panels in spirit fresco and the retention of one of what were originally six gilded seraphs that adorned the walls of the apse behind the altar."
"The work has been completed to the highest standards. The effect is breath-taking. We were delighted to have a Lincoln Conservation team working on the project – I think our builders were quite disappointed when they had finished! The circumstances for the restoration were far from ideal. A revised timetable meant that the team were working with a building operation in its later stages still going on all around them. All the more credit! Everyone who has seen the restoration so far has marvelled at it. Once the centre is open it will be seen by hundreds of people. Well done Lincoln Conservation."
Philip Kendall, Chairman, St. James the Less Preservation Trust