Historic advert unveiled!
Archived news: published on Tuesday 24 Apr 2012 by Fife Council
The restored sign unveiled
A landmark historic painted advert in Dunfermline was recently unveiled – following conservation repairs funded by Dunfermline CARS.
The Dunfermline Linen Company sign – on the gable wall of their former premises in the New Row – is thought to date from the early 20th century. It had faded over the decades after the Linen Company left the building. Many local people have long hoped to see it restored.
The current owner of the building is now establishing a base for local artists, musicians and photographers on the premises – www.createatcloud.com. The group wanted to restore the sign as a first project and approached Dunfermline CARS for advice and funding.
The work was carried out by Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation, and co-ordinated by conservation architect Stephen Newsom. This was a painstaking labour of love – akin to restoring a master painting – where layers of paint were analysed and restored; and new paint added in small flecks.
Their careful approach ensured that as much as possible of the surviving historic paint has been saved, whilst also restoring the legibility of the sign and its vibrant appearance in this part of the Dunfermline Conservation Area.
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