Cataloguing

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!

Conservation · Events

Heritage Open Days 8th-11th September – a multisensory celebration!

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!

Cataloguing · Volunteering

What can a fragment tell us?

… 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?

Cataloguing

Thomas Tanner’s chantry in the south transept

An investigation into the history and original form of these reredos must inevitably consider the wider built environment of the church. One of our project volunteers, Nick, spent some time investigating the medieval wills which refer to St Cuthbert’s, going through the five volumes published by F.W. Weaver around the turn of the nineteenth century.  One… Continue reading Thomas Tanner’s chantry in the south transept

Conservation

Treasuring the treasures: preservation through packing

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