About Us

About Us

Hugh Routh and John Hartley established Tankerdale in 1977 with a single, clear purpose: to provide high-quality furniture conservation and restoration services to institutions, museums, historic houses and private clients throughout the UK.

Over the four decades since, we’ve conserved some of the country’s most important furniture collections and historic joinery. We work closely with conservators, curators, architects and contractors, carrying out conservation treatments both on-site and in our own workshops. We’re also highly experienced in compiling surveys and condition reports for collections, and advising on all aspects of care including environmental and pest control, specialist housekeeping, and fire and flood protection and salvage.

Our six-strong team of conservators have all completed full-term apprenticeships and further specialist training. Together, they bring outstanding technical skills, professional knowledge and a genuine respect for the materials and objects in their care to every project we undertake.

In 1999 we created our current premises at Petersfield in Hampshire, by converting three redundant farm buildings into secure, purpose-built workshops. The project was awarded the East Hampshire Conservation and Design Award for its contribution to the built environment.

Tankerdale is still owned and run by John Hartley, following Hugh Routh’s retirement in 2012.

About Tankerdale