19 March 2015

Museum roof project wins Civic Trust Award

Photo by Michael Peckett
Photo by Michael Peckett

The project to repair and conserve the leaky glass-tiled roof of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History has won a prize for Conservation in this year’s Civic Trust Awards.

The work included repairing and cleaning all of the 8,500 tiles, replacing the lead work and conserving the decorated timber and ornate metal work.

The Civic Trust’s brochure reports that ‘the scheme is an excellent demonstration of investigation, analysis and trials to find an appropriate solution to the fundamental flaw in the original glass roof covering. It illustrates not only the careful conservation and repair of building fabric, but also conservation of the original architectural intent. An excellent, practical conservation strategy has been carried out with innovative solutions.’