Churchill on manoeuvres

We were asked to safely move a charcoal caricature of Churchill on distempered brick found in the flooded under-stage of the disused St. Mary’s Hospital, Stannington. It is assumed to have been drawn by an inmate when the Army requisitioned the building as an emergency admissions hospital during WWII.
After designing a reinforced carrying structure to keep the wall intact without disturbing the image, it was successfully removed (with much bated breath) before the building was demolished. The panel is now securely stored whilst awaiting a new home.
We are getting used to dealing with historic graffiti. Two of our recent jobs concern preservation of such – Richmond Castle 19th century Cell Block where graffiti created by prisoners and others from the First World War onwards is in fragile condition, and smoke pictures on the timber ceilings of rooms at Berwick Barracks.

Delicate graffiti

The panel in its precarious flooded location

Our design package for safe removal before building demolition

En-route - slowly does it!

The panel goes into safe storage

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