St Mary’s Church Conservation Project

St Mary’s Church Conservation Project team are pleased to announce after a competitive tender process, that St Mary’s have appointed Rutherfoord Conservation Limited to undertake the conservation of the medieval wall paintings, monuments & polychromy. The team is lead by the internationally acclaimed conservator Jane Rutherfoord and includes Deborah Cartly and Eddie Sinclair.

Jane and her team have spent two weeks on site at St Mary’s undertaking a detailed survey of the wall paintings, monuments and polychromy for the project in order to inform the Round 2 application to HLF which is planned for March 2018.

The £1 million Heritage Lottery funded project will restore St. Mary’s historic interiors and make it more accessible to the public with access improvements, imaginative interpretation and lively education programmes. The main focus of the delivery phase is the conservation of the extensive medieval wall paintings, which have been identified by the Church of England as one of the 100 artworks currently most in need of conservation in their 100 Church Treasures Appeal .

In conjunction there is planned a whole range of activities which include the participation of local schools, volunteers, children’s theatre, skills training, imaginative interpretation and a national symposium for professionals in the heritage and conservation sector.

Appeal Chairman Paul Gardner said “we are extremely pleased that we have secured Jane’s expertise again following her successful conservation of the Reredos in 2016. Conserving the 18th century Reredos, along with associated building works, was a £40,000 project funded by the congregation, wider public and grants.”

For further information, images, interviews and private visits please contact Paul Gardner at gp.gardner@btinternet.com or 07831868429

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