The Professional Conservator
The objective of Heritage Conservation is to preserve and present buildings, monuments and statuary as statements in the history of our culture, affording them a tenable position within society. As this often entails carrying out interventive work to the fabric it is essential that those who carry out this are fully conversant with the correct range of approaches, have the experience and knowledge to understand the requirements and possess the skills to carry out the work.
The Professional Conservator is recognised by all as the most fitting person to undertake this challenging and demanding work.
Why Chris Daniels
One of the first Professionally Accredited Conservators*, Chris Daniels has more than thirty years of experience in Building and Stone Conservation, trained in Venice and under the late Professor John Ashurst at post graduate level, carrying out work of the highest quality, from microscopic examination of materials through to full restoration of buildings of major historical importance across the world.
It is accepted that those who design and make will always have the greatest understanding of their product and materials; trained and qualified as an Advanced City & Guilds Craft Mason, Chris can be considered the best choice for work pertinent to the Conservation, Repair and New Work of the Built Heritage.
Appreciation of the aesthetics and design of our cultural heritage is crucial to being in tune with the requirements of the way we preserve it. No better recognition of this talent can be found than the public and private sculpture commissions produced by Chris in his workshops. As the Stone Carving tutor during his tenure at college, he imparted proficiency in students, many going on to work on major sculptural projects across the globe.
He has successfully run the conservation workshops of major companies and been in the role of project manager/lead conservator on a wide range of projects, bringing about intelligent, practical and economic solutions to the benifit of all. Learning and development are always integral to the course of this work and as a qualified educator with good language skills, Chris can organise on-site training or provide specialist instruction and translation where needed.
Chris's contribution to the distribution of knowledge is well recieved, being a regular lecturer on Graduate and Post Graduate Programmes in Architectural Conservation, speaker to heritage groups and contributor to continuing development in applied conservation.
Working with Bournemouth University and Weymouth Stonemasonry College, he designed and ran the Foundation Degree (Science) Applied Architectural Stonework & Conservation Course.
As well as publishing numerous articles on aspects of Architectural Conservation, he provided a chapter for the RIBA book of the year: Stone Conservation; Donhead.
Full works that have been published are; The Craft of Stonemasonry and The Stone Restoration Handbook, both commissioned and published by The Crowood Press.
As a consultant at all levels from government to local parish, Chris brings ingenuity and an aptitude for troubleshooting that only the well founded mix of practicality, intelligence and experience a Conservator of standing can provide....
*The title PACR was awarded to Chris Daniels by the United Kingdom Institute of Conservation in 2000; he has since relinquished his membership and, apart from work and communication with former students and colleagues, has no alliance to ICON
**copies of these articles are available on request
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