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From initial project design to advice throughout conservation and restoration programmes, Messenger Conservation tailors our approach to the needs of each individual project. The practice is driven by the aim to provide a flexible, cost effective research service, generating concise and relevant information that can be used to guide decision making.

Working with clients such as Cadw, English Heritage and the National Trust, we maintain a high level of professional development  to ensure that all our work meets all best practice criteria.

We provide:

  • One consistent point of contact throughout the project
  • One dedicated researcher undertaking sampling, analysis and reporting allows clearer interpretation of findings


  • Working with clients and professional teams to establish the scope, aims, objectives and timescales of architectural paint research
  • Conservation management planning
  • Advice on conservation/ restoration proposals and materials
  • On-site presentation of results to highlight findings in context
  • Support throughout the conservation restoration project
  • CPD lectures and day workshops

Research and Analysis

  • Documentary research
  • Site survey and paint sampling
  • Condition surveys of painted decoration and the building envelope
  • Cross section analysis
  • Polarised light microscopy
  • Interpretation of advanced analysis, including SEM-EDX and GC-MS
  • Colour matching
  • High-resolution infrared reflectography (Osiris)