The Willard family business began making conservation equipment in the 1950’s when Jack Willard, an engineer and toolmaker, produced the very first commercial Heated Spatula in the UK, for a young trainee conservator living in Chichester. This was soon followed by requests from Conservators across the UK for additional tools.
By the early 1960’s Jack had pioneered the design and manufacture of the very first heated vacuum relining table, this was gradually followed by the development of a range of tools and equipment designed and built to meet specific conservation needs around the World. Jack Willard passed away in 2007 at the age of 79. He dedicated most of his working life to the production of high quality, innovative products for the advancement of conservation methods and techniques and was awarded an MBE for his outstanding achievements.
The company is managed by Paul Willard who joined the family business in the early 1980’s and worked closely with his Father for more than 25 years. Paul & his team of specialist Technicians continue to enhance & improve the range of products available with the introduction of new tools & equipment to assist with the increasing challenges facing conservators.
Willard hand tools, suction equipment, easels, washing tables and many other products are in daily use in leading museums, galleries, archives and in private conservation studios of all sizes around the world.
Willard Conservation often work in close collaboration with conservators to expand and refine the range of art conservation supplies, tools & equipment available. Another advantage of the Willard ‘hands on’ approach is the ability to offer a truly bespoke service to tailor equipment to meet precise needs, as well as helping to find answers to new conservation challenges using reliable and proven Willard technology.
The company’s primary objectives are to meet the needs of its customers both now and long into 21st Century with the continued development of reliable tools and equipment combined with excellent customer service based on traditional values. We are a trusted, manufacturer and global supplier of specialist products for use in conservation. We are committed to the production of responsibly manufactured products using sustainable sources and ensuring our environmental impact is kept to the minimum possible level.
When you purchase any product from Willard, you can be assured that part of the purchase price will be donated straight back into conservation and will therefore help further the conservation profession. Not only are Willard products unique, but we think our business ethos is unique too.
We are delighted to be able to provide continued support and sponsorship wherever possible to help advance conservation training and techniques. We are the founding corporate sponsors of the Anna Plowden Trust, whose work includes the provision of grants for conservation training, assisting both trainee and qualified conservators to enhance their skills. We also regularly sponsor conservation related events and conferences around the World. Closer to home, we are keen supporters of our local Chichester art gallery, Pallant House which hosts a diverse schedule of exhibitions.