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Established in 1995, McNeilage Conservation is a partnership based in Devon, and undertaking work in all parts of England and Wales. We specialise in two separate but related fields–

  • the conservation of wall and panel paintings
  • the conservation of church monuments and statuary & the repair of decorative/carved stone and plasterwork.

This dual specialism allows us to provide expertise and advice on a wide range of issues, such as the treatment of surviving polychrome on church monuments and structural problems affecting wall paintings.

Our worksites include cathedrals and parish churches, English Heritage maintained buildings, churches cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust and private houses.

Both partners are ICON accredited conservators.

The partners have also worked extensively abroad, both in education and on practical projects.

Our ongoing assignments include consultancy and practical work at Canterbury, Worcester and Exeter cathedrals and a major project of conserving ceiling paintings at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. We are currently also engaged in conservation of monuments in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and have recently completed a major survey of all the wall monuments in Bristol cathedral.

One of our projects, at St Peter's Knowstone in Devon, (shown above left) was recently awarded the King of Prussia Gold Medal from the National Churches Trust.

Below left: the polychromed alabaster monument of Thomas and Elizabeth Eyre 1628 in St Thomas, Salisbury, where we recently removed blackened varnish to regain its vibrant original colour scheme.