About the company

Rupert Harris Conservation was established in 1982 and since then we have built a reputation as the leading Conservators of metalwork and sculpture in Europe. Our work covers the full spectrum of objects from jewellery to monumental sculpture, and from the seemingly mundane and utilitarian to the most valuable and fine.

We have a highly skilled and dedicated team of conservators with extensive experience in the conservation of works of art in metal and other media. From our studios in east London we work on projects anywhere in the country and internationally.

Rupert Harris is a PACR Accredited Conservator-Restorer, a member of ICON and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Our company has been awarded SSIP accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

We work within a broadly defined international code of conservation ethics. We adhere to the principal that conservation is the safeguarding of cultural property for the future, by the prevention of deterioration, with the most minimal intervention possible to the object.  Our primary responsibility is to the objects on which we work or for which we have a duty of care.  

In 1982 we were appointed Metalwork Conservation Advisor to the National Trust. We therefore have responsibility for the conservation and care of all metalwork within the National Trust's collections. Additionally, in 2003 we were appointed Architectural Metalwork Consultant to English Heritage, and we also act as consultants to many other national institutions, architects and private collectors.

Other clients include the Royal Household and Historic Royal Palaces, as well as most major public museums, contemporary art galleries, city councils, architects, art dealers, auction houses and private collectors.

It is our intention to expand this website to provide detailed, free information to students and all those in the conservation community and other interested parties. We have already installed a searchable glossary of technical terms,  and additional information pages on the conservation of lead sculpture, and general recommendations for further reading. If you have any suggestions for improvements to our site, please email us.