17th December 2018
In today’s post, we hear from our conference partner Lincoln Conservation about their fascinating digital heritage work:
Lincoln Conservation is one of the UK’s leading centres for the analysis, conservation and restoration of historic decorative schemes and finishes. Our conservators utilise some of the best conservation technologies to rediscover the UK’s decorative past and have helped to reinstate many iconic buildings, historic interiors, royal palaces, maritime heritage, military vehicles and historic artefacts.
Lincoln Conservation also have a specific expertise with digital scanning and replication. The team provides the heritage sector with a complete service from initial 3D colour scanning and the digitisation of objects, interiors and buildings, through to replication of virtual environments or fabrication of replica artefacts and architectural features.
Lincoln Conservation have been able to demonstrate many benefits utilising 3D scanning and digital replication technologies including:
One of Lincoln Conservation’s recent digital projects includes the restoration of raised relief decorative paper tiles, Cordelova, at The Crescent in Buxton. Originally designed by architect John Carr and built in 1780, this Grade I listed building later became a hotel, assembly room and five lodging houses before being converted for use by the local authority in the 1970s. It is currently undergoing a major programme of restoration, due for completion in 2019.
The team’s brief was to replicate of a substantial number of Cordelova panels (each measuring 30 by 24 inches) attached to one of the ceilings. Unfortunately, the lath and plaster ceiling is in a poor state with approximately half its surface area fallen away. Whilst the surviving ceiling panels with be retained and consolidated, approximately 70 new substitute panels will be reproduced, using materials compatible with the original composition and in line with best conservation practice.
Traditionally, the reproduction of a three-dimensional surface such as this would be achieved by using a suitable moulding material and producing a cast, potentially from fibreglass or other similar material from the mould.
However, the surface of the panels was covered in a thick layer of peeling and crazed paint. Any resultant mould taken would have lacked crisp definition and included all the surface blemishes that had developed over time.
It was therefore decided that the creation of a mould using a contactless 3D scanning method was far more appropriate, minimising the risk to the existing panels and allowing the resultant scan data to be digitally cleaned and restored close to its original geometry.
The resulting full-colour 3D CAD file was then exported to a computer-controlled flatbed router. The router was then used to create a positive pattern, faithfully reproducing the contours and dimensions of the original panel. With the positive mould created, a corresponding mould was cast in flexible addition cure silicon rubber and utilised as the master mould to create the required number of new panels.
Following exhaustive trials to finalise the materials required to produce suitable paper panels the team eventually secured agreement from the developer and the Conservation Officer and got the go ahead to manufacture the remaining panels due for installation in 2019.
For more information please contact:
01522 835055 or 5051
We look forward to hearing more about Lincoln Conservation’s varied work in the run-up to Heritage Dot. If you’d like to get involved with the conference, register for updates or submit your proposal – the call for participation closes on 14th January 2019.