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Temporary protection of wall paintings during building works

Practical Information Leaflet 2

This leaflet is intended as an aid for conservators to inform conservation officers, architects, contractors, property owners, and others entrusted with the care of historic buildings that contain wall paintings.

Historic England has prepared this leaflet as one of a series of practical guides, aimed at clarifying different aspects of the conservation process and improving standards within the practice of wall painting conservation.

This leaflet identifies the situations in which the protection of wall paintings is likely to be required, the methods available and their limitations, and the procedures necessary to ensure that the correct sequence of events occurs with the least interference to the paintings.


  • Introduction
  • Identifying the risks to wall paintings during building works
  • Developing a protection strategy
  • Methods and approaches
  • Implementation and essential procedures

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 50677


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