About us

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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.

Our values

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…

Sharing knowledge
Establishing best practice
Pursuing professional development
Protecting the environment

Our Team

Lewis Proudfoot

Lewis Proudfoot

Managing Director

 

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.

Tom Flemons

Tom Flemons

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.

René Rice

René Rice

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.

David Bloxam

David Bloxam

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.

Berenice Humphreys

Berenice Humphreys

Contracts Manager

 

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.

Keith Learoyd

Keith Learoyd

Commercial Manager

 

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)

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)

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.

 

Ben Newman

Ben Newman

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

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. 

News

Winner of prestigious Natural Stone Awards 2020

Winner of prestigious Natural Stone Awards 2020

Our Cromer War Memorial, Norfolk project has been named as the Joint Winner of the Carving, Lettering and Sculpture category at the ... Read more

Our Bath Workshop manager and stonemason receives SPAB Gwyn Watkins Award

Our Bath Workshop manager and stonemason receives SPAB Gwyn Watkins Award

Bath Workshop Manager, Tom Flemons is presented with the SPAB Gwyn Watkins Award 2020. Read more

Latest news from Lewis Proudfoot 2020

Latest news from Lewis Proudfoot 2020

‘Chester Cathedral’s Erasmus Chapel Wall Mosaic’, a Regional Finalist in the 2021 Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards. Read more

Protect your heritage this winter

Protect your heritage this winter

Costly repairs and long-term damage to sculptures and decorative stonework can be avoided if they are protected by a winter cover. Read more

Reading Abbey Conservation Works Continues

Reading Abbey Conservation Works Continues

Our Stone Section is back on site carrying out a new phase of works to consolidate the South Dormitory Wall at Reading Abbey Ruins. Read more

In Memory of Trevor Proudfoot

In Memory of Trevor Proudfoot

Cliveden Conservation's founder Trevor Proudfoot sadly passes away. Lewis Proudfoot, says a few words about the tragic loss of his ... Read more

A new member of our management team

A new member of our management team

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Newman, a SPAB fellow and award-winning stone mason, as the new Stone Project Manager. Read more

Priory Park statue dated to 1776 to be restored by us

Priory Park statue dated to 1776 to be restored by us

A much-loved statue that has been in Chichester's Priory Park since 1873 is being repaired and restored by our conservators Read more

Promotion of our expertise at leading heritage exhibition

Promotion of our expertise at leading heritage exhibition

For the second year, Cliveden Conservation is exhibiting at the Historic Buildings Parks and Gardens Exhibition at The Queen Elizabeth ... Read more

Clean and repair of the decorative arch over York Street in Bath

Clean and repair of the decorative arch over York Street in Bath

Our Bath Workshop is carrying out work for The Archway Project which will see a Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre and a new World ... Read more

Keeping up to date with conservation skills

Keeping up to date with conservation skills

It has been a busy first half of the year, not only with conservation projects but also training and conferences. Read more

Latest news from Lewis Proudfoot 2019

Latest news from Lewis Proudfoot 2019

It’s been a busy few months since our last communication in January, with a huge amount of work undertaken by our teams all over the country. Read more