Angela’s long-term love of caring for historic interiors and objects has meant that she has cleaned just about everything – from armour to yachts.
During her eleven years of hands-on daily care for the collection and interiors at National Trust Sizergh Castle she devised and implemented preventive conservation routines for the historic rooms and contents, working to conservator guidelines. Seven of those years were spent leading the conservation cleaning team, giving her a chance to communicate her passion for collections care to other staff, students, volunteers and visitors.
Angela also advised on conservation cleaning at other historic properties and later provided conservation cleaning and advice on a voluntary basis for the Windermere Jetty collection.
She is particularly interested in working sustainably and combining the best of traditional housekeeping methods with the latest specialist conservation knowledge.
In more than 22 years continuous and varied museum roles, hands-on work with collections has always been Margaret’s first love.
As National Trust Registrar, she was fortunate to work with diverse collections, discover the importance of preventive conservation and learn from the conservation specialists around her. She then took on curatorial roles at the Henry Moore Foundation and Dulwich Picture Gallery. During six years as House Manager at Sizergh Castle, she was responsible for the care and management of the collection and building.
Preventive conservation was always key, whether it was managing environmental conditions, planning for emergencies or clearing drains and gutters.
Margaret has a huge respect for volunteers. As Curator for Windermere Jetty, she worked with a volunteer team to clean the collections for re-display.
She has a BA in History of Art, an MSc in the History of Modern Architecture and an MA in Museum Studies.
"I have really enjoyed working on the volunteer sessions with Margaret and Angela and have learnt a lot. Both have the expertise to complete a project exceptionally well."
"Hog & Fitch certainly achieved their brief: a delicate balance between removing enough dirt, to allow a condition assessment/minimise deterioration, and maintaining that which shows the working life of these wonderful carts. They carefully planned each piece of work, showing great attention to detail, and I look forward to working with them again in the future."
"We now have a very long wish list of equipment, but I think the best investment was having you both at Arley for the day, so thank you very much."
"The Church looks wonderful. Thank you."
"Thank you for a marvellous morning with you. So impressed with your professionalism and presentation."
"Very many thanks for the really useful and detailed condition diagrams and photos of the Pin Mill floor. I was really impressed by the level of detail in your report. We’re planning to open the Pin Mill later this year, so it is fantastic to have such a good baseline for condition monitoring."
"Levens Methodist Church have been very pleased and impressed with the excellent work Hog and Fitch did in cleaning woodwork and stained glass to highlight the beauty of the wooden and glass features in the church. The result enhances the whole appearance of the Church and is valued especially when we meet for worship. on Sunday mornings. We now feel very confident about its future care"
"A significant part of the Lindisfarne Castle project was the cleaning, packing and removal of the collections, and of course their safe storage. Hog and Fitch were invaluable in this work. They prepared the storage area in advance of the collections arriving, worked closely with the volunteers and staff from different properties, who were cleaning, packing and documenting the collections, and supported the careful documentation of the work throughout. It was a great help to know that they were organising and managing the storage end of the project."
"We would strongly recommend Hog & Fitch's services to all who have treasured objects needing conservation cleaning and wish Angela and Margaret every success in their new venture. Both have many years of experience in the area of conservation and our objects have benefited greatly as a result."
"It was a fantastic introduction to conservation and gave us a brilliant general insight into all the areas that we need to bear in mind when caring for a historic house. It was all relevant and just the right level of detail to give us plenty of things to think about and how we can improve what we do, and yet not overwhelming. I think the whole team found it really interesting and relevant, and are inspired to try and implement your methods."
"Angela and Margaret from Hog & Fitch were organised, thorough and professional. Our Book Store has been brought up to national standards and we can now easily view all the books, ensuring their correct future care. We would certainly be happy to have them work here again."
"After completing a MA in heritage studies and moving into work within the sector I was keen to gain some practical experience and to develop my knowledge of conservation activities. Hog and Fitch's workshops proved to be just what I wanted. Both Margaret and Angela's combined expertise in conservation cleaning gave me a good deal of insight into the standards and procedures undertaken in the field, particularly with references being made to their work with the national trust. Becoming an employee of the trust myself, I hope I may be able to put what I have learnt from their informative and enjoyable workshops into good use. I feel any company, firm or person who wishes for their buildings or precious objects to be conserved may rest assured that all would be in a safe pair of hands. "
"We were thrilled to unwrap our pieces of metalwork and see the result of many hours of care and attention given to each of them. Old polish has been carefully removed allowing the interesting detail to be clearly seen. Margaret and Angela consulted us at each stage of the cleaning and we are delighted with their work. "
"I have had the privilege of working with Hog & Fitch over the past 4 months during extensive work at Auckland Castle.The training was so in depth, the knowledge and professionalism really shone through. Their humour and positive attitude was there even through really tough days. My personal thanks to them for instilling the importance of what we did and we’ll try to maintain the high level they expect. Thanks, Ladies."
"I really enjoyed the morning cleaning at Blackwell - best bit was that you could see the difference after such a short time. It was a real sense of achievement."
"I would strongly recommend their skills as I was delighted with the time and care they gave to some of my treasures."
"When faced with the salvage situation the only reassurance was the practical training we had received. Without this we wouldn't have been able to work calmly, professionally and efficiently to save the collection."
"I enjoyed helping out - it was therapeutic cleaning such beautiful wood and I found your enthusiasm and dedication to the job in hand very inspiring."
"I was expecting them just to tidy up the embarrassingly neglected outside of the cabinet: cleaning it, and hopefully hiding at least some of the scratches & dents. But they took an enormous interest in the whole...I am delighted with the result in every way - the work of true conservation cleaners - thank you, Hog & Fitch."
"Thanks so much for making such a lovely job of the Footprint ceiling, it looks amazing WITHOUT spiders’ webs!"