Job Title: Director/Senior Conservator
Accredited: Yes PACR
Background: Specialises in the conservation and restoration of buildings, sculpture, fine, decorative and architectural metalwork. His career began in 1987 when he joined Naylor Conservation as an apprentice, training with Andrew and Janet Naylor and focusing on the conservation of public monuments and sculpture. In 1990 – 92 he attended Hereford College of Technology on the blacksmithing, restoration and allied trades course and once completed he returned to Naylor Conservation, then went on to work as a Blacksmith in Ironbridge.
In 1993 he joined Plowden & Smith Ltd, London, and was employed as the principal conservator responsible for large metalwork projects and sculpture. From 1997 to 2008 he worked as a freelance conservator, restorer and consultant, taking responsibility for many large projects.In 2008, Brian formed Hall Conservation Ltd which has become one of the leading conservation and restoration companies in the UK. Clients include; Canterbury Cathedral, Historic Royal Palaces, The Royal Collection, World Heritage Edinburgh, Historic Scotland, several international contemporary galleries and private collectors.
Brian is also a Director and Council Member of the National Heritage Ironwork Group (N.H.I.G) a not for profit organisation set up in 2009. NHIG is dedicated to the safeguarding and preservation of wrought ironwork through promoting high standards of workmanship, conservation and repair.
Job Title: Conservator
Background: Trained initially as a sculptor at Leeds College of Art, he then spent four years working on the shop floor in the engineering industry in order to expand his technical skills in metalworking. He then taught sculpture and metalworking at Bradford College of Art for three years before setting up, in partnership with Janet Naylor, as the first independent conservators to establish a practice specialising in the conservation of public sculpture in metals. The practice, Naylor Conservation, until the two founding partners resigned, became established as leaders in the field.
Andrew and Janet continued to work in conservation as independent consultants and conservators until in 2009, Andrew joined Hall Conservation Ltd as a Director and Janet retired. In 2015 Andrew also retired as a Director but remains as an occasional advisor and freelance conservator.
Dissemination of information, training, communication and discussion has always been a feature throughout Andrew’s career, and is maintained formally by regular attendances as both speaker and delegate at conferences and seminars, as well as by way of numerous published papers. Formal and informal contact is maintained with leading museums, public bodies, other conservators and sculptors in the UK, Europe and USA.
Andrew is an assessor and mentor for the Institute of Conservation’s Professional Accreditation scheme, was a founder member of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association and is a member of the NHIG council.
Job Title: Conservator
Training: National Art Academy, Bulgaria, MA Conservation and Restoration, 1989-1994.
Employment: Freelance Conservator on Conservation and Restoration Projects. Plowden & Smith Ltd, Conserve Europe, Carthy Conservation Ltd, 1999-2008.
Other Information: Member of Bulgarian Association of Art/Conservation and Restoration 1995-present.
Joined Practice: 2014
Job Title: Blacksmith and Conservator
Background: Joe studied at Hereford College of Arts, graduating with a degree in artistic blacksmithing in 2014. With a keen interest in traditional and historic metal work throughout his degree, Joe decided to go down the heritage and conservation blacksmithing path after graduating and took up a position with Hall Conservation Ltd.
In 2015, Joe was accepted on the William Morris Craft Fellowship which is run by The Society for Protection of Ancient buildings (S.P.A.B). This has given him the chance to travel the country and spend time with architects, engineers and craftspeople to improve his knowledge of associated crafts and to gain further knowledge in the field of conservation.
Joined Practise: 2011
Job Title: Projects Manager
Background: Matthew Boultwood is a talented conservator and blacksmith and is Projects Manager at Hall Conservation Ltd. Matt is based in London where he most frequently Project Manages metalwork and technical conservation projects. Trained as a blacksmith at the National School of blacksmithing, Matt received a BTEC National Award in Blacksmithing and as well as winning the City and Guilds gold award.
Job Title: Director / Company Secretary