Stone & Ceramics

With many years of experience in this specialist area, the University of Lincoln's awareness of the complexities of stone and our skill in repair techniques enables us to conserve historic stone artefacts, monuments and other stone elements.

The University of Lincoln has been undertaking the conservation of stone monuments, memorials, sculptures and archaeological fragments for many years.

Lincoln Conservation’s ability to diagnose underlying problems in stonework and devise appropriate stone conservation plans is based on our hands-on experience of the essential repair techniques required, as well as an understanding of the principles on which stone conservation is founded. This knowledge is essential in putting together a suitable stone treatment programme.

We are aware of the complexities of stone as a material, and the different natures of specific stone types, including limestone, sandstone, marbles and alabaster or mineral substrates. We can undertake cleaning and consolidation of stonework and are specialists in the treatment of painted or polychromed stone surfaces.

The cleaning and consolidation of gilded or painted stone surfaces needs to be undertaken with extreme care and may be preceded by research, analysis and trials. Lincoln Conservation’s thorough knowledge of stone decorative surface treatments, together with analysis and stone conservation expertise means that all this work can be undertaken in-house.

If required, condition surveying of stone elements can be undertaken followed by comprehensive treatment plans and appropriate stone conservation works.

The Lincoln Conservation's team of professionally qualified conservators can handle all stone projects, objects or archaeological fragments. All projects are given the same care and attention. By its nature the conservation of stone has at its core the use of traditional materials, although where appropriate the development and use of replacement modern materials is explored. In many instances we adopt a policy of minimum interference with the substrate.

In the case of archaeological fragments, an understanding of the material and the environment at its location (whether in storage or at site), is crucial to ensure stability of the artefact. This often involves modified techniques and methodologies to that of standard stone conservation. Lincoln Conservation experienced conservators will establish the appropriate treatment programme in each case. This will include environmental control and material compatibility, in order that the continued stability and survival of the historic artefact is ensured.