Historic Ordnance Conservation and Maintenance for English Heritage
A 3-year contract to conserve and maintain historic guns and cannons under the care of English Heritage.
English Heritage (EH) looks after around 400 guns and cannons at their sites across the country. Context Engineering carries out a programme of conservation and maintenance on the historic ordnance in conjunction with EH’s Collection Conservators. This work includes:
- Inspection, condition reporting and surveys of ordnance requiring future full conservation;
- General preventative conservation and maintenance such as in situ cleaning, spot paint repairs on metal barrels and carriages and protective treatment of unpainted wooden carriages;
- More interventive treatments such as removal of cannon and carriages off-site for major repair and full re-painting;
- Making and fitting new wooden tompions, quoins and stool beds; and new metalwork, such as lynch and cotter pins;
- Roping down barrels to prevent tipping; and
- Moving guns and cannons for re-display.
A short video about the cannon conservation work on the Isles of Scilly in 2018 can be found here.