Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Surface Treatment of Bronze Statuary

First and Second World Wars Memorial, Tottenham, Haringey, London

This case study describes the conservation work carried out to the bronze elements of the First and Second World Wars Memorial in Tottenham which had previously been treated and painted. The paint was flaking and the surfaces looked matt and lifeless. Following investigations to assess the underlying condition, the bronzes were cleaned and repatinated with coloured waxes.

This guidance is intended for those designing, specifying and undertaking conservation and repair work to free standing war memorials, such as architects, building surveyors, structural engineers, project managers, contractors, craftspeople, and conservators. It will also be of interest to those responsible for making decisions, such as local authority conservation officers, custodians or volunteer groups. It also indicates where to get further help and advice.

This guidance forms part of a series of resources produced by Historic England, to coincide with the centenary of the First World War. This series covers the overall approach to caring for these memorials, as well as some of the more poorly understood technical aspects. It includes:


  • Description and condition
  • Remedial options
  • Solution
  • Lessons learnt
  • Acknowledgements

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 12
  • Product Code: HEAG165


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