A Colourful History / A Bright Future: Celebrating the Reredos Project at St Cuthbert’s
The summer's investigations into the two magnificent fifteenth century painted reredos frameworks and the 420 pieces of broken sculpture which once populated them are now complete. This day of presentations and discussion, open to all, will share the project's findings and start the conversation about the sculptures' future.
The cataloguing work, undertaken by archaeologist Jerry Sampson, sheds light on the original composition and structure of the two reredoses. What can the iconography tell us about the nature of worship in the fifteenth century church? How and when were they destroyed? Conservators Lynne Humphries and Emma Norris will describe their close analysis of the polychromy of the sculptures and architectural elements and how these delicate and fragmented treasures might be prepared for display.
In the afternoon, a series of guest speakers will introduce ideas for future display and interpretation of these exceptional artefacts, and consider the ways in which they fit into the life of the church today.
A full programme will be available on this page shortly. For further information about the project, visit reredosproject.wordpress.com
The seminar will take place in the Lecture Hall at Wells and Mendip Museum. A buffet lunch is included in the ticket price.