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RIBA South Conservation Group Talk: Conservation engineering at Tower of London

Join guest speaker Clive Dawson as he takes us on a journey of past and present conservation projects at the Tower of London

Alterations, reordering and repairs have been carried out at the Tower of London since it was built in 1087. Large works were carried out by Anthony Salvin and the Duke of Wellington in the Victorian era and it is surprising how much structure has been removed over time, some replaced as a result of failure and other elements altered as the purpose and use of the Tower changed over time.

The Tower is a Royal Fortress and today houses the Crown Jewels guarded by the Yeoman Warders and rotating regiments of the army. Today the Tower is maintained by Historic Royal Palaces who carry out a continuous programme of repair and conservation.

Recently the repair work was interrupted by the pandemic but apart from a brief hiatus, work continued throughout with some projects aided by the Covid Culture Recovery Fund which allowed significant projects across the HRP estate to progress and maintained craftsmen in their work.

Today the repairs and conservation works continue with a number of projects on site. This presentation will show various projects past and present, exploring the difficulties and rewards of working on such a building.

Don't miss out, book now to join us for this online talk exploring conservation engineering at the Tower of London.

About Hockley & Dawson: established in 1962 with over 50 years of experience specialising in the sensitive restoration and conservation of historic buildings, prestigious homes, and significant structures. The company can combine traditional or modern techniques and materials with an understanding of construction and craftsmanship methods, allowing for a sympathetic approach to detailing and repair with a focus on minimal intervention.