Memorial to M Knightley

Wall memorial to Marow Knightley; 1731; different marbles, alabaster and polishable limestones; 15th c Chapel, All Souls College, Oxford

The memorial was heavily soiled and structurally damaged. Fragile areas of the monument were consolidated and missing stone sections were filled. The whole monument was cleaned. Several conservation cleaning techniques were used to remove a thick layer of soiling from the surface. Different materials (marble, alabaster, polishable limestone etc.) required different conservation cleaning techniques that were appropriate to that particular stone. A stubborn black layer of soiling was carefully removed with the use of a laser system. Mareva Conservation achieved not only to stabilise the monument structurally but also to reinstate the colour scheme of the monument as it was originally intended.


All Souls College, Oxford

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