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Willard in Action TV & Film Features

Image credit: BBC - The Repair Shop

The conservation and restoration of items has seen a lot of mainstream popularity recently, thanks to the BBC’s ‘The Repair Shop’ which is actually filmed just down the road from us! And we’ve been pleased to see on multiple occasions our tools and equipment featured in action which has prompted us to put together a little showcase of our tools and equipment in use on the big and little screen!

In The Repair Shop, Lucia Scalisi attempts some 'cosmetic surgery' on a painting to restore a portrait to its former glory. Our 4E Heated Spatula is featured here (see main image) and makes regular appearances when paintings are being conserved on the show.

Watch the restoration here.

Next up is the BBC’s ‘Secrets of the Museum’ a unique arts series venturing behind the scenes at the world famous museum of art, design and performance, the V&A.V&A Conservator Frances faces the unenviable task of making a 1960s Mary Quant mini-dress look as good as the day it was bought. The task was carried out on a custom Willard Textile Washing Table.

Image credit: BBC/V&A

View the clip here.

Willard has also been featured on the big screen over the years including the 2015 film Mortdecai, featuring Jonny Depp. Entering around a famous painting that has been stolen, Willard were asked specifically for equipment that could be used in scenes to accurately represent a conservators studio. The following equipment was requested for use including the Willard Miniature Suction Platform, with heating controller & floor stand, the 7E and 8E lining irons, with Control Unit and a Willard Suction Exhauster. Due to copyright, unfortunately we cannot share images of the feature, but watch the movie and see if you can spot them yourself!

Have you spotted Willard tools in action or are using them on a project you are working on? We’d love to see and share pictures! Please either share them on social and tag us or email your projects to and we may even feature them on our blog!


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