Lodge Conservation and Museum Services
Founded in 1993
Lower Lodge Conservation specializes in the repair, conservation, upholstery of
wooden objects and furniture.
Lower Lodge offers
full upholstery using documented fabrics or fabrics of the clients choice.
We also dismantle conserve, rewire and install historic chandeliers.
Lower Lodge can examine, document and catalog wooden objects, furniture,
Write treatment reports for wooden
objects and furniture.
Assess collections and
advise on environmental conditions to minimize deterioration.
Research appropriate designs for the restoration and replacement of missing areas of furniture by using well documented
Inspect furniture for signs
of authenticity of fraud.
restorations, repairing and replacing missing moldings, turnings, carvings, inlays and marquetry.
Experienced with veneers, tortoiseshell, ivory, leather and other materials.
Treat and stabilize damaged finishes.
Design and construct crates for transport of art objects.
Write and present lectures on conservation
Present workshops on museum cataloging and object marking.
Branyan trained in England at University of London's College of Furniture.
After college he worked for a well known London conservation business.
Richard treated furniture from Royal Collections, historic palaces, private
collections, and for major London Antique dealers.
a wide variety of furniture ranging from Elizabethan to Art Deco, including English, European, Asian and American Furniture.
Made modern designed and reproduction furniture
for clients including the Prince of Oman and London and New York decorators.
Helped restore, deliver and install furniture for the Royal Tent at Windsor Castle for His Highness
Prince Phillip's Birthday Party.
American Institute for Conservation, Annual Conference,
1999, 2004, 2005
American Association of Museums, Annual Conference,
1997, 2000, 2001, 2004
for State and Local History,
Mississippi Museums Association, Annual Conference,
2001, 2003, 2004
Southeastern Museums Conference,
1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003
Natchez Antiques Forum, 1993-2003
Marking Workshop - Registrars Committee AAM, 1997
Art Conservation Alliance,
to Remember: Preserving the Titanic." 1997
Kingdom Institute of Conservation,
Dozens of Lectures presented on Conservation, Disaster Preparation/Recovery, Furniture and Antiques.
of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Conservation Project Support, Field Reviewer for conservation grants since 1998
NEH & IMLS, Field Reviewer for Conservation grants,
American Treasures since 2002
Treasurer for the Wooden Artifacts group of the
American Institute for Conservation, 2003-2005
Provided advice to the Biedenharn Museum and to Beauvoir after
arson attacks in 2004
conservation support at the Arlington Mansion (Natchez) after a severe fire, 2002
Institute for Conservation (AIC)
(elected a Professional
(Treasurer AIC wooden Artifacts
Group, 2003 - 2005)
Southeastern Regional Conservation
Louisiana Art Conservation Alliance
American Association of Museums (AAM)
Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC)
Mississippi Museums Conference (MMA)
Dealing with Flood Damage on Furniture - provided to the public at workshops
after Katrina, 2005
SEMC Session Review,
SERA News, December 2002
HHMAG RAG, August 2001
AAM Session Review, SERA
News, July 2001
Featured on numerous TV programs, and in more than a dozen newspapers,
Rotary Club International,
member since 1996
(Multiple "Paul Harris
Fellow", former board member and Sgt.-at-Arms)
Opera Festival, former board member
Society - President, 2004 - 2006
The Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Award, 1982
Epsom College, Woodworking Prize 1983
Epsom College, Graham Sutherland Art Prize 1983
Certificate of Appreciation, Rosalie Mansion, Natchez, MS 2001
Certificate of Appreciation, Mississippi Governor's Mansion, Jackson, MS 2007