Timothy Phelps ACR
Director and senior conservator, T.L. Phelps, Fine Furniture Restoration, assisted by two full-time conservators. Practice established 1984. Now the region's leading specialist furniture and historic interiors woodwork restoration and conservation studio in the north of England and beyond. ICON trained and practising Accreditation Assessor.
I work with great care, knowledge, skill and integrity on items that range from top museum pieces, through modest provincial work, to modern and well-loved family items. Recent commissions include tidying and waxing full 17th century oak-panelled main first floor room for Historic England at Newcastle's Bessie Surtees House, ongoing maintenance and repair of library cabinet doors and locks at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, and Mousey Thompson oak tables for private collectors.
I am experienced in handling all aspects of insurance work, including water, fire, smoke and transit damage. I offer skilled appraisal of historic pieces, providing condition reports, treatment proposals and estimates. Private enquiries welcome.
Tim appreciated the quality and historic importance of these window seats as rare surviving examples of historic upholstery layout, and his careful sympathetic repairs and treatments have respected and recorded some early evidence for posterity. I have worked with Tim and his team on a number of pieces over the years and can vouch for the knowledge, skill and integrity of his work without hesitation.
Private client, Yorkshire.n/a
The works completed have made a huge improvement to the room, thank you so much for carrying these out.
David HarrisonRegional Facilities Manager, Historic England
Diploma in Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture, Distinction, West Dean College in conjunction with BADA. One year, full time. Awarded John Morris prize.
Full time bench experience as a journeyman for Arthur Brett & Son, Antiques Dealer, Norwich, leading East Anglian company.
City & Guilds Full Technological Certificate in Furniture Crafts subjects and Special Examination 564 part 3 - handmade furniture construction at Rycotewood College, Thame, Oxfordshire. Distinctions and Craftsman of the Year award in final year.