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!
With the cataloguing work in its final stages, we are looking forward to being able to share more of the stories which have emerged from this summer’s investigation with visitors to the church. To celebrate, we’ll be participating in the national Heritage Open Days for the 4th year running – this time with much more to… Continue reading Heritage Open Days 8th-11th September – a multisensory celebration!
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
When the Victorian renovators uncovered the reredos and sculptures behind the plaster in 1848, there was much excitement about these artefacts, which according to Diocesan Architect Benjamin Ferrey, ‘were of great beauty, and the colouring and gilding were as fresh and bright as though only recently executed’ (Ferry, 1851). Simultaneously, however, there was an immediate… Continue reading Treasuring the treasures: preservation through packing