Louise Ashon

Since graduating from the Art School’s BA (Hons) Conservation Studies in 2010, Lou has built up her experience as a conservator, primarily with stone, but also related materials such as plaster, mosaics and ceramics. She particularly likes the complexities of treating and maintaining exterior statuary and architectural detail.  Working in the private sector has given her a good understanding of the financial implications of operating in a highly competitive environment and the kinds of skills employers need.

Her work has taken her to many churches and cathedrals (Norwich Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St Mary Abbot’s Kensington, All Saints Margaret Street), Historic Royal Palaces (Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Tower of London), National Trust properties (Ham House, Polesden Lacey, Rainham Hall) English Heritage properties (Kenwood House, Jewel Tower, Eltham Palace) and museums (Royal Academy, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Tate Galleries, V&A). As well as these practical projects, Lou has carried out various condition surveys including jobs at the Bank of England, the Guildhall, the Houses of Parliament and the London City Walls.

Lou has been supervising practical stone conservation projects for second and third year students since 2018. Before changing to a career in conservation, Lou taught English in Spain for many years and she is now enjoying recycling the skills she learnt there in a new context. She has also organised training days for National Trust volunteers and has given talks about the projects she has worked on at Norwich Cathedral and the Museum of London. Together with a colleague, she has recently had a paper published in the Proceedings of Stone 2020 14th International Conference on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone (Ana Logreira, Lou Ashon, Conservation of the Cloisters at Norwich Cathedral).


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