Sprucing up the Bruce

Wednesday 19 December 2012

Providing protection against the winter weather, an enclosed scaffold structure has been erected around the Charles d'Orville Pilkington Jackson monument to the Scottish King which was unveiled by the Queen in 1964.

The conservation of the weather-beaten statue of Robert the Bruce begun this week. The category A-listed bronze monument, which depicts an axe-wielding Bruce on his war horse, has weathered over the decades transforming the original bronze appearance green. Work is now under way to clean, repair and fully wax seal the bronze following procedures based on best conservation practice.

The Battle of Bannockburn project contractors Mansell Construction Ltd are working to employ specialist cleaning techniques to remove the green surface corrosion, after which a number of minor repairs will be carried before the sculpture is re-patinated and fully wax sealed to returned the ‘Bruce’ to his original appearance.

This will return the work to its original glory and has been used to good effect recently on the Boer War Memorial to Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Stirling Castle.

The impressive granite plinth on which Bruce sits will also undergo specialist masonry conservation work to rectify a number of units that have moved out of alignment. Work to restore the Bruce statue will be complete early 2013. Picture courtesy of Andrew Milligan, Press Association.

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