St Esprit Church Panels
The project is to conserve zinc painted panels in St Esprit Church. There are 17 zinc panels that make up 6 schemes. The panels are made of zinc sheet which are painted with an oil-based paint, they had been lacquered to protect the painted surface which has discoloured over time. They primarily feature biblical inscriptions and border details of fleur-de-lis, lilies and geometric designs.
The parish church of Saint Esprit, which is Grade II* listed, is situated in the village of Marton, Warwickshire.
It was the recommendation in 2017 that the panels should be treated to improve their aesthetic appearance, to remove the corrosion and make them stable for the long-term. It was not the aim of the conservation to return the panels to an ‘as-new’ condition, and this was adhered to during treatment.
The panels underwent surface cleaning, corrosion and old lacquer removal. Areas damaged by corrosion required re-touching and the lacquer was re-applied to protect the panels into the future.