Conservation and Restoration of Carving, Sculpture and decorative art
ALAN LAMB trained at London’s Metropolitan University. From 1997 to 2007 he taught on the City & Guilds of London Art School Conservation BA Course and for 10 years held the post of Head of Historic Carvingat City & Guilds, responsible for the UK’s leading graduate and post graduate courses in wood carvingand stone carving. From 2007 he was master carver on the “Vertues Angels” project at St George’sChapel Windsor, overseeing the design and production of forty new sculptures for the chapel.In 2012 Alan designed and produced the sculptural work for the Royal Barge for the Queen’s DiamondJubilee River Pageant. He is an honorary member of The Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers of the City of London. Click the image on left ,for a recent profile in Country Life magazine.
SWAN FARM STUDIOS LTD was formed in 1992 in the wake of the National Trust’s restoration of Uppark House. Alan assembled a small teamof experienced carvers, gilders and conservators, and founded Swan FarmStudios. Very high level traditional craft skills and strong links with the conservation departments ofmajor collections and teaching institutions ensured an approach that combined the best of traditionalcraft techniques with an awareness of ongoing academic, scientific and ethical developments withinthe conservation world. This ethos continues to define our work.
We carry out consultancy, research, analysis, conservation and repair of fine joinery, carving, sculpture, and decorative art, including gilded, varnished and polychromed surfaces. We work in our studios in Shropshire and Oxfordshire and on site at locations across the UK We also design and create new sculpture in wood, stone or bronze for historically sensitive locations
The restored Grinling Gibbons painted limewood reredos at Trinity College Oxford
The chapel restoration won the Oxford Preservation Trust Conservation Award for 2016
Corpus Christi chapel screen Oxford
Trinity College OxfordRestoration and conservation of Grinling Gibbons woodcarving and sculpture, at Trinity College Chapel The project won the Oxford Preservation Trust Building Conservation Award 2016 and was shortlisted for the Georgian Group Architectural Conservation AwardClient: Trinity College Oxford
Corpus Christi College Oxford 2017Restoration/conservation of woodcarving and wood finishes on the panelling, stalls and screen at Corpus Christi College Chapel Oxford Joint winner with Jesus College Hall of the Oxford Preservation Trust Building Conservation Award 2017 and shortlisted for the RICS building conservation awards 2017Client: Cliveden Conservation / Corpus Christi College Oxford
Jesus College Oxford 2017Restoration and conservation of the Jacobean screen, panelling and wood finishing at Jesus College Dining Hall. Joint winner with Corpus Christi Chapel, of the Oxford Preservation Trust Building Conservation Award 2017Client: Jesus College Oxford
Carving and joinery repairs in the chapel and Pern LibraryPaint analysis and test cleaning of the Chapel ceiling to establish the extentof a 1630’s painted and gilding scheme, covered with 19th century varnishClient: Peterhouse College Cambridge
Lincoln College Oxford 2018Restoration/conservation of polychromed and gilded woodcarving and paneling on the Ceiling of Lincoln College Chapel Oxford. The project used 38,000 leaves of 23 ¾ ct goldClient; Lincoln College Oxford
Uphill Manor 2018Restoration of Joinery, Staircases and panelling at Uphill Manor Somerset after extensive fire Damage. Shortlisted for the RICS building conservation awards 2019Client: Austin Newport Group/Uphill Manor
Peterhouse College Cambridge 2018
Peterhouse chapel cleaning trials
Lincoln College Ceiling
Selected recent projects
2019 / 2020 projects includethe conservation of a 1530’s Brabant altar piece for Radley College, an “angel roof “at Cawston in Norfolk,a condition audit of Grinling Gibbons work at Hampton Court and refurbishment of the screen and stalls at Lincoln College Oxford.