Nicola Shreeve

2022 QEST Benefact Trust Scholar - Wood, Stone & Decorative Surfaces Conservation

Nicola originally trained at the London College of Furniture and has over 20 years’ experience as a self-employed furniture and frames restorer, undertaking projects for private individuals and several significant historic houses. A longstanding ambition to work as a specialist conservator in the museum and heritage sector led Nicola to study for a BA (Hons) Conservation of Wood, Stone, and Decorative Surfaces at City and Guilds of London Art School.

Following her graduation, Nicola is now undertaking an MA to further her specialist skills in the conservation of polychrome sculpture. QEST funding will support the second part of the course. In the coming months she will focus on the technical investigation and conservation of the monument to Sir Richard Pecksall (d.1571) in the Chapel of St Edmund, Westminster Abbey. As well as furthering her specialist training, this project will add to our collective understanding of similar post-Reformation monuments found in many churches.

It’s wonderful to feel a connection with the original makers through the conservation of an object. Gaining an understanding of the methods and materials used on this monument, through the analysis and conservation of the decorative surface, has been fascinating.