Lynne Humphries and Emma Norris of Humphries & Jones Ltd were the project conservators. They surveyed a section of the reredos frameworks and a sample group of the sculptural fragments and produce a conservation report describing their current condition.
Lynne and Emma are both ICON accredited conservator-restorers with extensive experience in working with sculptural and architectural stonework and polychromy. Recent projects include conservation of a 17th century scagliola monument to 1st Baron Poulet at Hinton St George, and the conservation and reconstruction of a fragmented 15th century effigy of a knight at Torre Abbey.
Their inspection of the frameworks ran over two weeks beginning Monday 13th June 2016, and they presented lunchtime talks discussing early findings on Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th June at the church. During their inspection of the fragments, to be completed at Wells & Mendip Museum in early September, we ran workshop tours which allowed members of the public to see some of the fragments for the first time in decades.
Lynne’s publications include:
Humphries, L. (ed.), (2013) Care and conservation of carved stone, ICON, the Institute of Conservation: London http://icon.org.uk/system/files/documents/care_and_conservation_of_carved_stone.pdf
Humphries, L., and Odgers, D. (eds.), (2010) Polychrome Wood: Post-prints of a conference in two parts organised by ICON Stone & Wall Paintings Group, ICON, the Institute of Conservation: London
Humphries, L., (2009) In the Footsteps of AR Powys: An unusual timber conservation case study, BCD Special Report on Historic Churches 16th annual edition, Cathedral Communications Ltd http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/footsteps/ar_powys.html