Crick Smith is an historic materials conservation consultancy, specialising in historic paint analysis and paint research. Latest scientific techniques are utilised by skilled conservators to ensure that historic buildings and their interiors, together with ceramic, wood, metal or stone artifacts and decorative surfaces are restored.
Crick Smith awarded the contract by the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth to research and investigate the historic paint finishes applied to the VictoryRead more...
Dr. Jonathan Foyle was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lincoln. An alumnus of the Lincoln School of Art and Design, he has worked closely with Crick Smith over the last 15 years on a number of projects.Read more...
The University of Lincoln invites applications for their funded PhD studentship in Conservation.
£7,000 per year for 3 years will be provided by the Headley Trust to cover living costs.
Home / EU fees (currently £4,088) will be funded for 3 years by Crick Smith UL.
The student will study full time for the PhD and work one day per week for Crick Smith UL. The day per week with Crick Smith will facilitate the training in architectural paint research; provide the student with the means to apply these techniques in practice and provide the student with primary research material for their PhD.
Applicants will have:
An MA in conservation or related discipline or comparable professional experience; excellent writing and research skills; the ability to produce high quality treatment reports; good documentation skills, including expertise in record drawing, photography and IT; excellent conservation skills including good colour vision and a willingness to work at heights; the ability to communicate effectively with clients, project workers and colleagues; the ability to learn independently; enthusiasm for their subject; a driving license and willingness to travel.
Applicants will be required to submit a research proposal no longer than one side of A4 (minimum 11 point). The proposal should exhibit awareness / interest in one or more of the following areas: -
The supervisory team will be drawn from: -
Interviews will be held week commencing 28 October 2013.
Post to commence Jan 2014.
In 2002 Crick Smith started an ongoing programme of work at St. Pancras Chambers in London with an initial survey of all levels to provide an insight into the hierarchy of the building. This initial research defined seven significant areas, providing a representation of the principle historic interiors.Read more...
Crick Smith University of Lincoln now curate the National Collection for Historic Decoration - an accessible open repository containing research reports and evidence covering the last 40 yearsRead more...
“During the selection process it became clear that the Crick Smith 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
Microscopic analysis to identify age and ingredients of paint, reveal schemes, formulations, colours and decorative history for accurate conservation.
Scanning Electron Microscopy or Disaggregation Analysis to determine components of existing lime based renders and plasters, to create replacement mortars for conservation.
Conservation, replacement and repair of architectural ceramic materials including terracotta, Coade Stone, faience and tiles; from medieval to 20th century, in interior or exterior locations.
Condition surveys of stone elements, treatment plans and conservation works for all stone or mineral substrates including painted, poly-chromed, or gilded stone surfaces.
Condition surveys including paint analysis followed by cleaning and anti corrosion measures, stabilisation, fabrication or re-casting of replacement parts and application of protective coatings.
Conservation of wood may require appropriate pest eradication, consolidation, cleaning and repair. Re-gilding or repainting and application of protective coatings is also available.
Stabilising and cleaning historic finishes; consolidating, repairing and repainting missing decoration to match with surviving material. Re-instating lost elements of design and decoration.
We conserve all types of items from decorative arts and ethnographic objects to natural history, organic and inorganic pieces. A bespoke, highly specialised and renowned service.
The ability to replicate historic objects three dimensionally, without contact, using a surrogate material.
Conservation and management programs for all types and sizes of historic collections in the UK and Europe, including preventive conservation strategies to reduce the potential for damage.
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