Queen Victoria Monument
The Victoria Memorial is a sculpture in London, placed at the centre of Queen's Gardens in front of Buckingham Palace. The location was significant in view of the impending Royal Wedding and the requirement for us to clean the Memorial, prior to world media attention. The Memorial was dedicated in 1911 by George V and his first cousin, Wilhelm II of Germany, the two senior grandsons of Victoria. The sculptor was Sir Thomas Brock. It was completed with the installation of the final bronze statues in 1914. The surround was constructed by the architect Sir Aston Webb, from 2,300 tons of white marble. It is a Grade I listed building. It has a large statue of Queen Victoria facing north-eastwards towards The Mall. The other sides of the monument feature dark patinated bronze statues of the Angel of Justice (facing north-westwards toward Green Park), the Angel of Truth (facing south-eastwards) and Charity facing Buckingham Palace. On the pinnacle, is Victory with two seated figures.
The works involved:
- To undertake specialist cleaning of the Bronze statues and fountain reliefs to include removal of the active corrosion, re-patination and waxing.
- Clean the white marble surround walls using the Doff cleaning system and complete areas of re-pointing as directed by the Client.
- Cleaning and re-waxing six bronze statues.
- The works themselves were included in a television documentary charting the ‘Making of a Royal Wedding’.