Montacute House


Peter Ellis has been involved with the conservation and repair of traditional and historic buildings for the majority of his career. He has developed analytical procedures specifically relevant to historic materials and enjoys an international reputation for the analysis of mortars and plasters. He is a contributor to the recently revised English Heritage Practical Building Conservation series, and has been an advisor on many major projects in the UK and North America. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

We undertake advisory work in many areas of building conservation and repair and have been involved in several research projects. We have recently completed an in-depth study of archaeological samples from Nonsuch Palace (Henry VIII's most fantastical creation) and have used plaster analysis to determine the chronology of the internal re-ordering at Montacute House in Somerset.

Mortar Analysis

We offer a unique mortar analysis service with a particular expertise in the analysis of historic and traditional materials. Wet chemical tests can be augmented by various instrumental techniques. We hold a nationwide sand and aggregate library, and an archive of historic mortars.