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Conservation, Restoration,

and research - Est. 1983

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About Us

Recognised internationally as leaders and within the founders of the fields of architectural paint research (paint scrapes & paint cross-sections), historic paint analysis, lead paint / historic interiors research, and known simply by their joint name, ‘Crick-Smith’; Ian and Michael have been providing a valued unique paint analysis, conservation and research service to the heritage sector since 1983. They have worked on many high-profile projects, including the St Pancras Midland Grand Hotel, Kenwood House, Kew Palace, Osborne House, Bletchley Park, the Glasgow School of Art and Willow Tea Rooms. They also specialise in the research of maritime history and vessels.

No longer associated with the University of Lincoln, they focus their work on paint analysis, architectural paint research, conservation of historic paint schemes, wallpapers, gilding / decorative finishes, with completion of 500+ projects for a range of clients and employers. They provide you, the client, with the information to inform your projects and decision-making, ensuring your project meets the highest possible standard of achievement and fits your own budget & timescale.

Historic paint analysis, architectural paint research, pigment analysis, lead analysis, wallpaper, renders, mortars and material analysis, combined with archival evidence tell the story you need to know to achieve accurate, practical and achievable results. The very best, high quality service for your project!  

With backgrounds in conservation and archaeology, re-enforced with degrees in Conservation and Restoration, Crick-Smith completed 11 years of internationally recognised research at a UK university.  Renowned as a consultancy, Crick-Smith understand what is required and to what level, so that you are not commissioning unnecessary and expensive work.

When you commission Crick-Smith you get the "Crick-Smiths".

All supported by Alfie J Russell.

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Crick-Smith undertake research and conservation for a wide variety of clients and sites, materials and substrates; from historic houses and royal palaces, to industrial, military, public buildings, universities and colleges, bridges and vernacular properties. From ships of all shapes and sizes to military artefacts, including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, HMS Namur, HMS M33, WW2 tank landing craft LCT 7074 and Ocean Pride PZ134 a Mounts Bay Lugger.

Crick-Smith said:

“Our main research tool is architectural paint research, sometimes called paint analysis or paint scrapes, although it is far more than analysing paint. By taking numerous samples from historic painted surfaces, analysing all of the layers in each and relating that to archival evidence, we are able to identify the history of that historic space. We can identify dates for alterations, repairs, remodelling, periods of neglect or disaster. This builds a complete picture of the history, used by our clients to inform decisions on the most suitable treatments and periods to preserve or recreate.”


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Conservators by appointment to:


43 Hawton Road
Newark on Trent
NG24 4QA

Tel: 01636 677173
Mobile: 07770 728 763

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