Antique Bronze began in 1955 by, John Branch,  who had an enduring love for sculpture and historic buildings. His commitment to caring for and preserving bronze remains the backbone of our company. 

We are a family business with niche expertise and our aim is to work with clients over the long term. We place a team with your project who will carry out the works you need, but also, take the trouble to get to know your project better than you do. Our way of working ensures that you don’t end up with headaches, and we tell you about issues that are arising, and how we can solve them before they become problems. 

You will enjoy working with us if you want to have a reliable, experienced team, expert knowledge when you need it, a dedicated manager of your project, and your aim is long-term care. 

Lucy Branch bronze conservation bronze restoration



Lucy Branch is one of Antique Bronze’s Directors. She specialises in the conservation and restoration of bronze sculpture and architectural features.  

Her undergraduate studies were at UCL where she studied History of Art with Material Studies. Later in her career, she undertook a mid-career Masters in Conservation with The Royal College of Art and The Victoria and Albert Museum. She is accredited by The Institute of Conservation and is an assessor for the PACR scheme on behalf of ICON. She has also been an ICON CPD reader for several years.


Lucy has worked on, and run, high-profile projects including:

Eros and The Shaftsbury Memorial
The Queen Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace
St Johns College, Cambridge University
Outdoor Sculpture Collection at Hampton Court Palace and features at other Historic Royal Palaces
Barbara Hepworth Collection, Tate St Ives

She has led the conservation on some of Britain’s best known public contemporary sculpture including

Ron Arad’s The Big Blue
Marta Pan’s Fragments of Landscape
Wendy Taylor’s CBE, The Conqueror.

Lucy teaches our online course, Bronze Behaving Badly and consults on conservation projects for local councils and architects.

Alongside her role in the company, she writes academic articles on metal conservation including work for Oxford University Press and Routledge. She hosts, The Sculpture Vulture Podcast, and also writes best-selling thriller-fiction set in the art world www.lucybranch.com

Read more about Lucy in, Restoration Comedy, a diary feature for World of Interiors Magazine. 

Lucy Branch
Doors and Their Preservation

Grove Arts Online is the foremost scholarly art encyclopaedia covering global art and architecture from pre-history to present day. Oxford University Press solicited Lucy Branch to supply the metal conservation entry 

Sculpture Vulture Podcast


Iain McLean is a Director who has run many of the projects that Antique Bronze has become best known for.

These include the conservation of Nelson’s Column Bronzework including Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square Bronzework, Cleopatra’s Needle, The Albert Memorial and a variety of architectural projects such as Bush House, Victoria House and University of London Headquarters. His particular interest and expertise lies in the conservation of small fine art bronzes. He is also head of the small bronze restoration studio.

Iain McLean Bronze Conservation Bronze Restoration


Speak to our team at Antique Bronze Ltd to discuss your next project 0208 340 0931 or
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