Colour and pigment

The most startling feature of the 1848 discovery of the hundreds of sculptural fragments concealed behind walls in the church was their colour. There was a resurgence of interest in archaeology at this time and antiquarian George Weare Braikenridge (1775-1856) commissioned artist William Walter Wheatley to depict the bright paintwork of the discovery for his… Continue reading Colour and pigment


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… Continue reading View the catalogue!


‘Two reredos… es?!’ A note on vocabulary

Throughout the project we have, in talking so much about these marvellous artefacts, come up against the sole downside to having more than one reredos: a certain amount of confusion over the plural (which normally happens mid-sentence!). The job of cataloguing involves making sure that the language used is clear and does its job of… Continue reading ‘Two reredos… es?!’ A note on vocabulary


Inspired – a gift from a visitor

  Walled In   “Superstitious images”, a phrase that plays well with men in control. A need to stamp out the old ways overrides all tenderness, all pity. Masons who know stone’s mystery, carving with patience and grace compelled to deface what they love. Relics of scorned belief are cut, wrenched away to fall, fracture… Continue reading Inspired – a gift from a visitor


ANNOUNCEMENT: discussions about the future Tuesday 6th December

Following all the hard work (and fun) of this summer’s project, we will be sharing the findings of the cataloguing and conservators’ report in a day of presentations and discussion on Tuesday 6th December. More information HERE and tickets can be purchased HERE. It has truly been a collaboration of so many people, with the enthusiasm… Continue reading ANNOUNCEMENT: discussions about the future Tuesday 6th December


Vox Coelestis TONIGHT!!

We are tuning up for our guest performance tonight by Vox Coelestis, celebrating the medieval architecture of the church with music. All proceeds will go towards securing the future of the reredoses. The evening will start at 7.30, and tickets are £10 (they will be available on the door if you haven’t pre-booked). See you… Continue reading Vox Coelestis TONIGHT!!


One Heritage Open Day left!

We have a brilliant few days at the church welcoming visitors for the Heritage Open Days. Just one day left now – join us for medieval music from the Swan Singers, cream teas, a Tudor organ, Hidden Histories tours and lots to do for all the family!   For more information about all of the… Continue reading One Heritage Open Day left!