Meet the conservators

Up on the scaffolding, behind the barrier of chairs, two women have spent the last six weeks vacuuming, cleaning, consolidating, filling and ‘inpainting’: the process of conserving the 19th century stencilling in the chancel at St Peter’s, Preston Park. But what do conservators actually do? Fiona Reid and Martha Swabey are experienced conservators, working with Hare & Humphreys, to undertake the HLF-funded work at St Peters. They both specialise in paint conservation and analysis, having taken an MA in Conservation of Fine Art at Northumbria University. Talking with them about their work and how they tackle a site, it quickly becomes clear that their work is systematic, demanding a step-by-

Full Wildlife Survey - June 2018

On 28th June, Huw Morgan and his team came and did a detailed survey of the churchyard...this is what they found: St Peter’s Church Preston Park Brighton BN1 6SD TQ 303 064 Survey of churchyard for flora and fauna. 10:30am, 28th June 2018, 10:45am-12:30pm Weather: Hot and sunny Species found: Mammals: Wood mouse, Human, Grey Squirrel Flora: Bindweed, Wood Avons, Creeping Buttercup, Nettle, Cleavers, Harebell, Hawksbit, Dandelion, Cocksfoot, Ribwort Plantain, Ox-Eye Daisy, Comfrey, Mallow, Hedge Woundwort, Teasel, Harts Tongue, Herb Robert, Lords and Ladies, Bramble, Willow Herb, Docks, Dog Violet, Thistle, Rose, Hogweed, Poppy, Cow parsley, Yarrow, Green Alkanet, Self-Heal, Heather,

Conservation Diary - Week 6

Peter Walker, Hare & Humphreys Project Manager, reports that: All the cleaning on the upper levels of the scaffolding has been completed (with the exception of the old varnish drips) and the damaged areas have been consolidated and filled, Touch ups to the painted decoration is also progressing well in these areas and will be completed by the start of next week. We also plan to remove the scaffolding next week so it will be nice to get more of an overall impression of how the cleaning has improved the chancel. We have also been continuing the cleaning of the walls on the ground floor level in preparation for conservation and repair of the damaged plaster which we also hope to start toward th

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