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Restoration firm Plowden & Smith wins project for Scotland’s oldest concert hall as it celebrates 50 years in business

Posted on 06. Dec, 2016 by admin in News

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  • Written by Laura Chesters for the Antiques Trade Gazette and reproduced with their kind permission

Conservation and restoration firm Plowden & Smith has won a new contract to help the University of Edinburgh renovate Scotland’s oldest concert hall.

Adam Moore 

Plowden & Smith’s exhibitions technician Adam Moore working on one of the musical instrument mounts for the St Cecilia’s Hall project.

The project is the latest for Plowden & Smith which is celebrating 50 years in business this year.

The firm is helping the University of Edinburgh’s £6.5m project to restore, renovate and make accessible St Cecilia’s Hall and its world class collection of musical instruments. The hall was built in 1763 and Plowden & Smith was hired to create mounts to install over 350 instruments ranging from recorders and bassoons to bugles and hurdy-gurdys.

The project is due to take until spring next year.

Plowden & Smith managing director Kevin Smith said of St Cecilia’s Hall project: “This is an interesting project in that it is a working collection. Not only should the display be attractive for the visitor, but the instruments will be accessed for teaching and performance purposes, requiring the mounts to be robust and durable.”

Royal Institution Reception

Plowden & Smith are specialists in conservation, restoration and installation of fine and decorative arts. The firm, which hosted its anniversary reception at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in the autumn, has completed more than 1120 projects this year. It has worked on assignments around the world for clients including museums and trusts.

Smith added: “The current trade situation favours businesses that can offer unique skills. I am confident that the training and extensive experience that we in Britain have within the Art and Heritage industry will continue to be a sought after resource.”

The firm began in 1966 by Smith’s father Peter and the late Anna Plowden who merged their respective firms together to form Plowden & Smith in 1985.


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Congratulations Amy Anderson, ACR!

Posted on 23. Feb, 2015 by admin in Conservation, Decorative Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art, News

Amy Anderson, Head of Decorative Arts, has been awarded Accreditation by the ICON assessors; and very well deserved it is too!

Amy joined Plowden & Smith Ltd. in 2008 from The National Trust, having originally qualified in conservation at London Metropolitan University.

Amy is a dedicated and conscientious conservator, experienced with challenging complicated decorative arts items as well as contemporary works of art.

Amy Anderson ACR

Amy seeking evidence of an original decorative scheme on the C17th oak figure of Samson, for Norwich Museum and Archaeological Services.


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William Hogarth Trust

Posted on 21. Jun, 2013 by admin in News

Plowden & Smith were recently commissioned to conserve and replicate two lead urns for the gateposts at Hogarth’s House.

Conservation work included straightening the urns, filling cracks and replacing missing sections. Finally, a mould of one urn was taken and the replicas were cast in jesmonite and finished to give the appearance of lead.

For more information see the Trust’s website here.

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Sculpture Restoration in Jeddah

Posted on 17. May, 2013 by admin in News

Plowden & Smith are honoured to be working on this sculpture restoration project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The public sculpture park, situated on the Jeddah Corniche, includes work by César and Henry Moore.

For more information, see this article published by The National.

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LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers

Posted on 25. Feb, 2013 by admin in News

Plowden & Smith are pleased to announce that we are now an approved LAPADA supplier.

LAPADA Approved Service Providers are individuals and businesses which provide help and support to the art and antiques trade as well as private collectors and owners of art and antiques.

For further information please see their website.