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

Our ongoing assignments include practical projects in ecclesiastical and secular buildings from Kent to Cornwall and from Norfolk to Dorset. We have also this year been working on wall paintings and church monuments closer to home in Devon. These projects are detailed in further pages on this site dedicated to specific areas of our expertise.

One of our projects, at St Mary's Nettlecombe received a 2023 William Stansell Somerset Historic Buildings Award.

Above left: twelfth-century Purbeck marble panel depicting an archbishop, possibly St Thomas of Canterbury (possibly not!), currently under conservation.

Below: Wall paintings in St Peter's Knowstone, recently discovered and conserved; recipient of the 2021 King of Prussia Gold Medal.