Lime plaster restoration at The British Museum

image of the british museum exterior restoration

We are delighted to announce that Artisan Plastercraft has been appointed to undertake a program of lime plaster repairs at The British Museum. The scope of works includes the restoration of selected areas of lime plaster as part of an extensive refurbishment of the external façade, roof and internal areas of this Grade I listed building.

The British Museum, located in the Bloomsbury area of London, was founded in 1753 and opened its doors in 1759. It was the first national museum to cover all of human history, open freely to visitors from across the world. It contains a permanent collection of some eight million objects – among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.

Following an on-site survey of the plasterwork by our experienced surveyor, Artisan will be carrying out the renovation of coffer downstands on the external façade of the South Colonnade.

image of ceiling coffer downstands     


Work includes pre-preparation, application of Natural Finish lime plaster and finishing, covering an area of approx. 160 square metres. Inside, we are also restoring forty ceiling coffers using lime plaster, where cracks and areas of deterioration are cut out and repaired using lath and plaster techniques.

Artisan was appointed by Curo Construction who are working with The British Museum to maintain the key features of this iconic building as part of a restoration project. Expert consultation has also been provided by Richard Ireland, the UK’s leading conservator of historic plaster and paint.

Further information on the services we provide, such as external lime render restoration or lath and plaster using traditional timber and lime materials, can be found by clicking the highlighted links.

Below is a selection of images from the completed works.

Collage of completed work at British Museum


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