Findings

2016’s programme of public activities closed with a day of discussion about the reredoses and what the next chapter of their story might be. We filmed the day’s presentations and they can be viewed here – for those who missed out or those who enjoyed them so much they want to watch them again!

Judeth Saunders, Project Coordinator, introduces the speakers with an overview of the project work which led to today’s presentations. [9:13]

All images used in the presentation are © St Cuthbert’s PCC 2016 unless otherwise specified.

Rowan Brown, Director of the Alfred Gillett Trust, introduces the first session of the day. The Alfred Gillett Trust supported the project with a substantial in-kind contribution, providing professional museums expertise to the project. Here Rowan explains why the Trust felt it was so important to be a part of this special project. [8:12]

Jerry Sampson, Project Cataloguer, presents ‘A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time: The Making and Breaking of the St Cuthbert’s Reredoses’, describing the two reredoses and explaining some of the findings of the cataloguing work including technical information about how the artefacts were made – and by whom – and which images once populated the gilded and painted frameworks. [54:33]

All images used in the presentation are © St Cuthbert’s PCC 2016 unless otherwise specified. Images of the watercolours by W. W. Wheatley are courtesy of the Somerset Heritage Centre/ Somerset Archaeology & Natural History Society.

Lynne Humphries and Emma Norris, Project Conservators, present ‘Uncovering the Past to Inform the Future’, explaining their findings about the current condition of the fragments and reredos frameworks and proposing how they might be cared for in future. They also share results of the paint analysis to investigate the reredoses’ rich and beautiful colouring. [55:56]

All images used in the presentation are © St Cuthbert’s PCC 2016 unless otherwise specified.

Joseph Friedrich (ChurchCare) discusses some recent case studies of projects to conserve, interpret and share church treasures elsewhere, offering interesting examples of ideas for the next stages of the work. [32:05]

All images used in the presentation are © ChurchCare unless otherwise specified. Images of Ipswich are reproduced courtesy of the Hamilton Kerr Institute.

Rowena Riley (Torbryan Project Officer, Churches Conservation Trust) presents her work with Holy Trinity church, Torbryan. The Heritage Lottery Funded project explored the rich  history of the church and its surroundings – from prehistoric mammoths to the stunning medieval painted rood screen panels which have recently been conserved. Rowena’s work with various local audiences provides an exemplary case study for St Cuthbert’s going forward. The interpretation at Torbryan was designed by Smith & Jones. [29:21]

All images in the presentation are © Rowena Riley unless otherwise credited.

With thanks to Viewpoint Photography & Film for the film production.