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.
Student centred project to conserve and restore the rustic decoration applied to the structures in this important Regency gardenRead more...
An exciting student driven project to conserve and retouch the polychrome water damaged ceiling in the stairwell of the Great Hall at the medieval Bishop's PalaceRead more...
The University of Lincoln and Crick Smith have together built an international
reputation as one of the leading centres for conservation and restoration in
the UK. In 2014, they celebrate the 40th anniversary of conservation teaching
within their historic city.
Lincoln’s conservation portfolio began in 1973 at the Lincoln School of Art, the
University of Lincoln’s oldest predecessor institution, and over the last four
decades it has developed to offer a number of unique opportunities for
undergraduate and postgraduate students alike.
Today, Lincoln students enjoy a thriving community of conservation study and
practice; learning from pioneering academic researchers, practising alongside
a professional team of commercial conservators and working to safeguard the
heritage of important national landmarks.
Conserving the past could become your future ..................
The University of Lincoln’s School of Art and Design is now accepting
applications across its portfolio of Conservation and Restoration programmes.
For more information on BA (Hons) Conservation and Restoration, MA
Conservation of Historic Objects and Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies,
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Designed by Wren in 1668, the details of the original historic decoration of this significant Grade I listed building was not understood. Combining historical evidence with paint research and analysis the interiors were researched and recorded, enabling the client to decide on redecoration. Ongoing works will reveal areas of the original finish and undertake paint trials.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...
“Donald Insall Associates have worked with Crick Smith for several years, in particular on developing colours for the Covent Garden Market Building. We have always had a good and creative relationship with them, bringing technical and historical knowledge to projects combined with creative understanding.”
Peter Riddington, Director and Architect, Donald Insall Associates Ltd.
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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