Institute for Research & Conservation of Historic Decoration, University of Lincoln, Lincoln LN6 7TS
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Architectural paint analysts and consultant conservators of historic decorative interiors. Established in 1996 the consultancy undertakes paint research on historic properties to achieve a better understanding of buildings or for informing future decoration.
The companyís portfolio includes buildings such as St. Pancras Chambers, Kew Palace and Osborne House, historic A5 Milestones and Clay Mills pumping station. Crick Smith has a uniquely experienced team of conservators offering advice and applied treatments for a range of materials to include gilded surfaces, tiles, wallpaper and painted surfaces.
Itís historic paint research methodology combines archival research with microscopic examination of paint samples, in cross-section, taken from key chosen elements of the space to be investigated. Using this technique, it is possible to clarify the decorative history of a room, building or its exterior. These findings are crucial to the detective work that informs interpretation of the often complex story of an historic building and Crick Smith, as part of the project team, help the custodians make decisions as to how it should be interpreted to the public.
Architectural Paint Research is a prerequisite for certain government grant aided projects for the development of listed buildings. Crick Smith, therefore, work closely with representatives from English Heritage, Historic Scotland and have also undertaken extensive research for the National Trust.
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