I approached my week’s stint as a volunteer documentation assistant with some trepidation, as I had missed the important training day at the start of the project and I was feeling just a trifle out-of-touch with everything as a result. The week before I started, I went to meet Jerry and to see the collection for… Continue reading A documentation volunteer’s experience: The Catalogue
Thanks to Elsa van der Zee and Jerry Sampson for leading a fascinating tour of the Cathedral on 11th August for our project volunteers. We were particularly interested to learn of the links with St Cuthbert’s and the examples of the work of masons in both places. Hearing about the iconoclastic zeal of Bishop William… Continue reading Treated to a tour of the Cathedral
… Well, that depends who you ask. Fortunately for us at the St Cuthbert’s Reredos Project in Wells, we have the pleasure of working with archaeologist Jerry Sampson, who for the last six weeks has been working in a locked room at a secret location, diligently cataloguing the remains of two 15th century reredos, destroyed… Continue reading What can a fragment tell us?
The conservators’ initial inspection of the north transept reredos revealed indications that there was once an elaborate canopy over the north transept reredos, projecting outwards from the structure we see today. The cataloguing of the fragments has subsequently added more pieces to the puzzle, with several fragments identified as parts of the lost canopy. During… Continue reading Parallels at the Cathedral: canopies of honour and the destruction of the Lady Chapel reredos
On June 4th we were very lucky to be invited to attend a celebratory tea at Wells Town Hall, organised to thank all of the volunteers in Wells for their contribution to so many charitable causes. As well as enjoying the tea and cakes, we managed to recruit two new volunteers. Cake really is the… Continue reading Volunteers’ Tea