About Us

Qualifications & Experience

Director, Bill Ratcliffe MA , is an Advanced City & Guilds qualified cabinet maker, surface finisher and upholsterer. He has also achieved a First Class  BA (Hons) Degree in Furniture Conservation, Restoration & Decorative Arts. He later gained a Masters Degree in the Conservation of Historic Objects. 


He has worked on a number of important projects at some historic locations but just loves working on a variety of objects. Craven Conservation also has a team of specialist conservators and knowledge to draw on when needed, for example, paper, books, textiles and ceramics. We also continue to develop our skills through industry courses and research.

Versatile & Professional Services

We complete a variety of works in our professional studio and also on site projects when required. We can also offer consultation support for emergency planning, risk management, preventative conservation, internal environment monitoring, cleaning regimes, condition reporting and surveys. 


Please contact us to discuss any size of project, from a large onsite conservation project to smaller restoration tasks or repair to an individual object. We take an ethical approach to conservation and use conservation grade materials and believe it is essential to establish client needs at the outset.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

We offer services in cabinet making, surface finishing, traditional upholstery, gilding and all aspects of conservation and restoration. We work for private clients, institutions and historic houses. 


Please take a look at the gallery to see a small selection of photos including rocking horse restoration, conservation of the well documented Thomas Chippendale 'Violin Cabinet ' at Wilton House (supporting Granary Conservation of Lincolnshire) and the frame conservation & upholstery of a pair of 18th century French chairs, stamped with French Master maker's mark, Adrien Pierre Dupain.