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.
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.
Project Manager (Stone Section)
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.
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.
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.
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 owner’s 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
Senior Project Manager
Preserve as much of the historic fabric as possible
The restoration of Elizabeth Tower comes around once in a generation. It was one of the most humbling and career defining projects I have been fortunate to be part of. This project is testament to the incredible skill set of our conservators and craftspeople.
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 most problems can be overcome. A project should never be rushed.
Cliveden Conservation's Senior Project Manager, Alexandra Miller, is delivering a talk 'Gold shines new light on Elizabeth Tower' as ... Read more
Cliveden Conservation projects have been featured in Nick Knowles: Heritage Rescue, a new series about the restoration of some of ... Read more
It has been another varied year for the team. We have been working on high with Christ and his entourage of apostles and angels at the ... Read more
Cliveden Conservation to host a regional hub for the Building Limes Forum (BLF) online conference on Saturday 6th November 2021 at All ... Read more
Image: ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor We are taking part in the UK Parliament online talk series about the people working to conserve Read more
Excellent design, architecture and craftmanship have been recognised at the 2021 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards. Chairman of the Sussex ... Read more
Lewis Proudfoot, of Cliveden Conservation, discusses the importance of Winter Covers in protecting marble sculpture and decorative ... Read more
Our stone specialist Ben Newman will be joining Hester Abrams, Project Leader and Curator for the Willesden Jewish Cemetery’s ‘House of Read more
The Fordington mosaic, which we lifted, conserved, re-backed for wall mounting at Dorset Museum has been shortlisted for an prestigious Read more
We have begun a pilot programme of conservation work to the much-admired West Front of Wells Cathedral to help safeguard its future. Read more
Our Cromer War Memorial, Norfolk project has been named as the Joint Winner of the Carving, Lettering and Sculpture category at the ... Read more
Bath Workshop Manager, Tom Flemons is presented with the SPAB Gwyn Watkins Award 2020. Read more