Our history and founder
Cliveden Conservation was originally founded in 1982 by Trevor Proudfoot for the preservation of the National Trust’s buildings and statuary collections. Trevor was by trade a stonemason who championed the adoption of traditional materials, techniques and craftsmanship in conservation. In 1990 Cliveden Conservation became independent and expanded its services with workshops in Berkshire, Somerset and Norfolk.
30 years on, we are proud to continue our valued association with the National Trust as well as establishing close relationships with many other heritage organisations, architects and private clients. Sadly, Trevor is no longer with us but his son Lewis has taken over at the helm of Cliveden Conservation and is continuing to uphold his father’s legacy.
Putting best practice at the heart of everything we do, Cliveden Conservation creates sustainable relationships that value buildings, objects, people and their surroundings. Through research and informed decision making, our professional team deliver the most appropriate conservation interventions for your building or object. Our advice prioritises Conservation Philosophy – and does not compromise quality for cost. We are committed to…
Establishing best practice
Pursuing professional development
Protecting the environment
Be patient and open to ideas
Conservation work should be pragmatic and closely tied to sustainability. It requires diligence, sensitivity and being receptive to other people’s views. Visiting sites and discussing complex conservation issues with passionate and skilful individuals who share a love of heritage is the favourite part of my job.
Bath Workshop Manager & Director
You never know where work will take you
As part of an ongoing project I have been very fortunate to have been involved on an archaeological site at Aphrodisias in SW Turkey. We have worked alongside an international team conserving the statuary and buildings. A great privilege to work on Roman objects in their original setting.
Head of Decorative Arts
Condition surveys are vital
Ornamental ceilings, like music, are constructed from an ensemble of elements but also like music, can range in complexity and expression from the simple vernacular to the austere geometry of Classicism or the floridity of the Baroque. Because of these different characteristics, condition surveys are essential.
Head of Architectural Projects
Hero of the conservation world is John Ashurst
Taking time to understand a project, its materials, history and the people involved is an essential part of conservation. Through communication, patience and a ‘can-do’ attitude I believe most problems can be overcome. This is why a project should never be rushed.
You never stop learning
There’s always new techniques or even little tips to learn. It’s not just learning from those more senior – many of the tips and new techniques will come from the younger generation. One skill we Conservators have is the ability to think ‘outside the box’ and relish approaching some of the more difficult challenges.
What conservation means to me
The protection and preservation of our historic buildings, monuments, objects and sculptures by maintaining and repairing for the future. Also managing change to a place of historic interest in a way that sustains or sometimes enhances its importance for many years to come.
Julia Gynn (ACR)
Conservation Manager (Decorative Arts Section)
An unforgettable moment
The Roman marble statue of a cat from Powis Castle was an exceptional project. The research and treatment led to the successful replication of 18th-century repairs composed of beeswax. With the inspiring project began a thirst for knowledge on the techniques used by the 18th century restorers.
Kris Zykubek (ACR)
Senior Conservator (Decorative Arts)
A discovery can often led to something much bigger
During conservation works we found a small statue in a private garden which the owners thought was a cheap concrete cast. It was in fact a beautifully carved Italian marble by C19 Florentine artist. The statue was valued around £60K.
Project Manager (Architectural Projects)
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it
It is about preserving our built heritage and respecting the artistry that made it. At the same time conservation needs to strike a balance between the reverence for the past and maintaining current craft skills and allowing those skills to flourish by replacing historic fabric where there is a sound argument.
Jimmy Aitken, MSc
Project Manager – Architectural Projects (Wren300 Project Lead)
Action can speak louder than words
Conservation is an endless debate. It’s great to listen but it’s also great to get on with some good, earnest, practical conservation. One of my best moments was hewing a large oak trunk down with axes and side axes and cutting to size with a trestle saw for replacement supporting beams in a medieval timber floor repair.
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Sponsors of the Women in Natural Stone event
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Lime mortar training
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A big welcome to our new stone and building restoration expert
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Plaster conservation for precious Victorian architectural gem
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ICON Talk: Gold shines new light on Elizabeth Tower
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Nick Knowles: Heritage Rescue series showcases our work
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Another great year of conservation
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Berkshire gathering for BLF Conference 2021
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The people behind Big Ben: Cliveden Conservation
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Highly Commended in the Building Crafts Award
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