Congratulations to the conservation team on the Europa Nostra Award. The paint research was only a very modest element of this project, but enabled us to connect the social history of the tower to the physical archaeology.
Historic metalwork poses many difficult issues for conservation professionals. The treatment required for the long term preservation of the substrate often appears at odds with the preservation of the paint archaeology. In addition, the choice of materials to protect and decorate historic metalwork, whether it retains earlier coatings or not, is difficult and fraught with the risk of failure and further deterioration of the metal substrate.
This complex and difficult subject will be the focus of this year’s Traditional Paint Forum conference. Using the prism of transport and industrial heritage, a range of specialist will consider the analysis, use of colour, ethics and choice of materials and techniques.