Heritage and Conservation

Promoting the craft of stone carving and letter cutting.

During the capital works we were delighted to have Fergus Davidson assist us with the replacement ledger stone. Fergus has been working to transform his passion for letter carving from a part time hobby to a full-time job and received support from the Lettering Arts Trust last year to undertake a Journeyman Placement with master letter carver Chris Elsey. 

Explaining the conservation process and documenting the restoration work

In 2019 we carried out a preliminary phase of investigation and testing, to help us determine how best to treat the paintings. But few assumptions can be made from the results of a few small cleaning tests when faced with having to clean an entire wall painting.

Challenges were many and various. Each artist executed his or her painting differently, using differing paint materials and techniques. The paintings have been treated differently in the past, too. These circumstances meant that a cleaning method that worked on one part of a painting might not produce the same results elsewhere.

 Such challenges kept us on our toes from beginning to end. But we hope that our efforts have now rehabilitated the paintings so that they can be appreciated once more.

We are looking forward to returning to Berwick in 2021 to give a series of public lectures on our conservation works.