Conservation, Repair and Fabrication of Mosaics


Mosaic projects include:

Westminster Abbey

Recording and trial conservation and repair work to the 13th century Cosmati Pavement carried out in 1998. Subsequent to this a full conservation and repair programme led by the Abbey’s head conservator Vanessa Simeoni was carried out between 2008 & 2010.

Project date: 1998

Client: Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey

Archaeologist: Tim Tatton-Brown

Architect: Donald Buttress

Conservation Team: Nicholas Durnan, Torquil McNeilage and Peter Hailstone

Lopen Roman Mosaic, Somerset.

Cleaning work to surface of mosaic. Reconstruction of panel from Lopen Roman Mosaic for display in Lopen Parish Church. Work carried out in 2001/2. View of excavated and cleaned original Roman Mosaic at Lopen.

Project date: 2001-2

Client: Lopen History Group

Mosaic Team: Nicholas Durnan & Gina Wright

Sarum St Martin Church in Salisbury.

Making new Cosmatesque mosaic using red and green porphyry, marble and gilded glass for new altar and dias. Mosaic design based on a 13th century survival from St. John Lateran's Basilica in Rome.

Project date: 2005

Client: PCC of Sarum St Martin Church

Architect: Anthony Feltham-King

Mosaic Team: Nicholas Durnan & Gina Wright

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Cosmatesque Sample (gilded glass, green porphyry, red porphyry and white marble)

Detail of Cosmatesque inlay at Sarum St Martin Church, Salisbury (gilded glass with red and green porphyry)

Full size reconstruction of a panel of the Lopen Roman Mosaic using original tesserae from the site. Located in the floor of Lopen Church, Nr South Petherton, Somerset

Stone types: blue, white and grey lias, Ham Hill and tile.