Restoration Workshop

After completing a restoration course at Rycotewood College in Thame in Oxfordshire, Derek joined an established restoration company in South London, where he gained many valuable years experience in restoring for private clients, the antiques trade and Christies Auction House, his work being principally on furniture and objects. 

For 12 years he ran a successful restoration company in Sussex where he carried out work for a wide range of clients, including stately homes (Goodwood House, Hammerwood Park and Palace of Westminster); auction houses (Christies); Furniture stores (Furniture Village, Vokins and Collingwood and Batchellor); removal companies; private clients and insurance companies.

Derek now enjoys restoring from his well-equipped workshop in South West France and is joined by his partner Bea, who works on promotion and website design, translation and sourcing.