View the catalogue!

Following the work undertaken by the project team at St Cuthbert’s over the past year, the entire collection of 440 fragments has now been made available online for the first time by the University for the Creative Arts’ (UCA) Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).

“We are absolutely delighted to see this formerly hidden treasure finally accessible to all online as a result of the Reredos Project – and we hope that sharing it online will generate further research and develop understanding of its historical significance”, comments the Project Coordinator, Judeth Saunders. “It’s testament to a lot of work by an extremely passionate and dedicated team here at the church, and the generosity of  our funders – and it shows the variety and richness of the collection to its full extent”.

Hosted at UCA for two decades, VADS provides free online access to over 300 collections, comprising of than 140,000 images contributed by universities, libraries, museums and archives from across the UK, which are available freely for non-commercial educational use.

This valuable online resource was made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Pilgrim Trust, ChurchCare, The Alfred Gillett Trust, Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society (Maltwood Fund), and the Leche Trust.

Access the collection here


2 thoughts on “View the catalogue!

  1. Congratulations on getting the completed catalogue up online. Marvellous analysis by Jerry.

    I have been looking for those records in the catalogue, mostly of draperies, that WWWheatley portrayed in a vivid vermilion. There are some six to my knowledge, and I can’t yet spot them in the catalogue.

    Is it possible please to do an abstract list of the numbering that has been given to the catalogue fragments and put against these the number that might be given to each of the fragments in the WWWheatley watercolours . In that way the WWW record (or his coloured interpretation of what he saw!) could be compared with the present number and condition of the fragments, and also identify any that may have been lost since WWW made his record.

    This would assist the eventual representation.

    With thanks,
    Yrs etc
    John Winstone


  2. Hello John, thank you for your comment. The numbering system was allocated based on numbers given to the fragments by conservators Sue and Lawrence Kelland in 1987, when they inspected the fragments at Wells Conservation Centre and photographed them in groups (this archive is held at the church). The process of reinstating this numbering system itself exposed several gaps, pointing to items which have subsequently gone missing. As you suggest, now that we have a comprehensive inventory of all of the pieces currently held at the church, it can usefully be compared to earlier records, such as that created by Wheatley (part of the Braikenridge collection held at the Somerset Heritage Centre). Where the fragment was easily identified as illustrated in the Wheatley archive, it is referenced on the online catalogue – although this shouldn’t be considered comprehensive. While there is not scope to complete extensive cross-referencing within the current project, which is now concluded, the catalogue was produced anticipating that others might now be able to complete further research. We’d certainly be very interested to hear if your investigations develop this further, so please do keep in touch. Thanks for your interest!


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