Preventive and Interventive Conservation

“As you probably know, Samson returned to Norfolk on Monday, amongst much excitement from colleagues here at Norfolk Museums Service. He is looking truly splendid! 
It has been a complex project in so many ways and full of challenges from all angles. But I just wanted to express my gratitude to everyone at Plowden & Smith who contributed to this project over the past 4 years and who have been so helpful and accommodating. 
It has been a pleasure for me to work with Loredana on the treatment process at each stage and to have the opportunity to share ideas and discuss options, and to be able to visit the studio regularly to see progress. Loredana’s work has been outstanding.
Thank you also for creating a great solution for the mount.”
– Man-Yee Liu, Head of Conservation
Norfolk Museums Service

The skill and vast experience of our multi-disciplinary conservators enables us to offer some of the most advanced conservation treatments found anywhere in the word. All our conservation practices are informed by the latest advancements in scientific research, guided by contemporary ethical theory and underpinned by internationally recognised standards of best practice.

We adhere to the conservation philosophy of minimal intervention and reversibility, and every stage of treatment is meticulously documented.

Our Conservation Managers ensure that all suitable treatment methods and processes are explored, that conservation ethics, best practice and health and safety is rigorously adhered to, and that excellent results are achieved in a cost-effective and timely manner.

We are also happy to work with museum clients to ensure that access to an object is maintained throughout the treatment process.

We offer services in the following:

Painting conservation
Sculpture conservation
Decorative arts conservation
Stone conservation
Ceramic conservation
Glass conservation
Paper conservation
Metal conservation
Stone conservation
Textile conservation
Leather conservation


Throughout the year we invest considerable resources in the continued professional development of our team. Every one of our employees has a personal CPD fund to pursue educational and training activities that will enable them to develop as conservators. Recent training courses some of our conservators have gone on, include training in the techniques of Kintsugi and verre eglomise, and a course on the conservation of plastics.


Saving Samson Case Study

Shortlisted for Museums + Heritage Conservation or Restoration Project of Year

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