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Conservation, Restoration,

and research - Since 1983

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About Us

Professional profile for Ian and Michael: As leaders and within the early founders of the fields of architectural paint research (paint scrapes & paint cross-sections), historic paint analysis, lead paint / historic interiors research, and known simply by their joint name, ‘Crick-Smithsince 1995Ian and Michael have been providing a valued unique paint analysis, conservation and research service to the heritage sector for many years. Ian since 1983 (ICON accredited 2000), and Michael from 1985. Since 1993 they have worked for many clients and employers on many high-profile projects, including the St Pancras Midland Grand Hotel, Kenwood House, Kew Palace, Osborne House, Bletchley Park, the Glasgow School of Art, Willow Tea Rooms and Royal Household/Crown Estate Properties. They also specialise in the research of maritime history and vessels. A variety of projects for a variety of clients and employers.

After they terminated a 10yr joint initiative with University of Lincoln, the Crick-Smiths re-established Crick-Smith Ltd 1st August 2017.  They now focus their work on paint analysis, architectural paint research, conservation of historic paint schemes, wallpapers, gilding / decorative finishes.  With completion of 600+ conservation projects between them, for a range of clients/employers since the early 1980s. They now provide you, the client, with the information to inform your projects and decision-making, ensuring your project meets the highest possible standard of achievement and fits your own budget & timescale.

Historic paint analysis, architectural paint research, pigment analysis, lead analysis, wallpaper, renders, mortars and material analysis, combined with archival evidence tell the story you need to know to achieve accurate, practical and achievable results. The very best, high quality service for your project!  

With backgrounds in conservation and archaeology, re-enforced with degrees in Conservation and Restoration, Ian and Michael completed 11 years of internationally recognised research at the University of Lincoln.  Renowned through their consultancy, the Crick-Smiths understand what is required and to what level, so that you are not commissioning unnecessary and expensive work.

When you commission Crick-Smith you get the "Crick-Smiths".

All supported by Alfie J Russell.

Practice recognised by the Conservation RegisterIn association with English Heritage
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Ian and Michael continue to undertake research and conservation for a wide variety of clients, employers and sites, materials and substrates; from historic houses and royal palaces, to industrial, military, public buildings, universities and colleges, bridges and vernacular properties. From ships of all shapes and sizes to military artefacts, including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, HMS Namur, HMS M33, WW2 tank landing craft LCT 7074 and Ocean Pride PZ134 a Mounts Bay Lugger.

The Crick-Smiths said:

“Our main research tool is architectural paint research, sometimes called paint analysis or paint scrapes, although it is far more than analysing paint. By taking numerous samples from historic painted surfaces, analysing all of the layers in each and relating that to archival evidence, we are able to identify the history of that historic space. We can identify dates for alterations, repairs, remodelling, periods of neglect or disaster. This builds a complete picture of the history, used by our clients to inform decisions on the most suitable treatments and periods to preserve or recreate.”

 ICON (Institute of Conservation) is the representative body for professional conservators & restorers working in the UK. Conservation Register, in association with English Heritage, provides information on professionally accredited conservators & restorers working in the UK & Ireland. PACR have demonstrated to assessors that they have the appropriate knowledge, practical skills & sound professional judgement. Ian has been an  ICON member since 1986. 


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Ian Crick-Smith

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Tel:01726 435664
Mobile:07770 728 763

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