Professor David Park (Courtauld Institute) talks about the MA in Conservation of Wall Paintings and the National Survey of Medieval Wall Painting:
University of York researchers Dr Kate Giles, Dr Anthony Masinton and Geoff Arnott have created an online digital model of the interior of the guild chapel at Stratford. The reconstruction is based on evidence found in archival sources and drawings by antiquarians such as Thomas Fisher and Wilfrid Puddephat.
The guild chapel was rebuilt and redecorated in the late fifteenth century, and included a number of significant wall painting schemes paid for by the London mayor and Stratford merchant Hugh Clopton, a leading member of the Holy Cross guild. The 1804 chapel restoration saw the removal of plaster, which revealed Holy Cross scenes on the north and south walls, a Doom over the chancel arch (still partially extant), and a series of saints in alcoves in the nave. A Dance of Death was also recorded on the north nave wall.
The project is is an important example of how digital technology can be used for the study of medieval buildings and wall painting.
The research is written up in: Internet Archaeology, Vol. 32, 2012.
There are just a few places left on the Church Monuments Society excursion to Gloucestershire. We plan to visit the following churches: Sapperton (Purbeck marble coffin lid, fine monuments of 1574, 1630 and 1711, various wall tablets and good churchyard monuments), Miserden, Fairford (3 figure brasses 1500-1534, tombchest 1585, range of wall tablets, woodwork including misericords and exceptional stained glass ), Coberley (carved monuments of 1294, 1340 and 1365 and various wall tablets) and Down Ampney (carved monuments of 1315, 1320, 1754, unusual coffin lid, indent of early inscription brass).
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A number of conference papers at the 2013 Harlaxton Medieval Symposium demonstrated how academics are currently using medieval wall paintings in their research.
Dr David Griffiths (University of Birmingham) discussed the multimedia appeal of short rhyming texts on buildings, such as the inscription from John Lydgate’s ‘A Balade at the Reverence of Our Lady’ displayed in the Clopton chantry at Long Melford (Suffolk). David’s paper also included an examination of the lost Hungerford Chapel inscriptions and murals at Salisbury Cathedral – to be discussed in his forthcoming book (2014).
By examining images such as warning to gossips and warning to swearers, Dr Sarah MacMillan (University of Birmingham) explored differing ways in which women and men were depicted in the medieval parish church.
Another significant paper was presented by Dr Elizabeth New (Aberystwyth University), who introduced the recently-launched AHRC-funded Exploring Medieval Seals project based in the Department of History & Welsh History. Following the success of Seals in Medieval Wales 1200-1550, Exploring Medieval Seals aims both to develop outreach work in the wider community and to exchange knowledge with the archive sector. Led by Professor Phillipp Schofield, with Dr Elizabeth New and Dr John McEwan, Exploring Medieval Seals runs until January 2014.The Harlaxton Medieval Symposium included a visit to Castor church (Cambridgeshire), best known for the fourteenth-century wall painting depicting the life of St Catherine.
Tweets from the 2013 Harlaxton Medieval Symposium can found at: #harlaxton13
July 1st 2013 - Modern Medievalists and Avant- Archivists: The Role of Traditional Archival Skills in the 21st Century – A Round Table Discussion. Leeds International Medieval Congress. Participants include Dr Sean Cunningham (The National Archives) Jackie Depelle (Your Fair Ladies, Pudsey), Dr Paul Dryburgh (Borthwick Institute for Archives), Dr Charlotte Harrison (University of Liverpool), Dr Nick Kingsley (The National Archives), Dr Chris Lewis (University of London), and Dr Ellie Pridgeon (University of Leicester / Science Museum). 7.30pm.
Sponsors: Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York / Centre for Archive Studies, University of Liverpool / Science Museum, London
July 4th 2013 - July 4th 2013 - St Eligius and the Miracle of the Horseshoe: A Fifteenth Century Wall Painting at Highworth Church, Wiltshire. Paper to be delivered by Dr Ellie Pridgeon in the Hagiography Society session at Leeds International Medieval Congress 2013.
For a review of the recent Death and Commemoration in Late Medieval Salisbury and Wessex Conference click here.
This conference will be held at the University of Winchester. To view the call for papers:
Roger Rosewell will be delivering three talks on medieval wall paintings this summer:
Friday June 7th 2013 - Horton Church, Near Banbury (Oxfordshire). 7.30pm. For more information visit the Hornton History Group website.
Sunday 16th June 2013 - Burton Dassett Church, Warwickshire. Afternoon.
Tuesday 6th August 2013 - Raunds Church, Northamptonshire. Details tbc.
Medieval Art in Sweden is a new website compiled by friend and colleague Dr Alex Fried. The site will provide information about Swedish medieval art, relevant research projects, conferences, exhibition reviews and new literature. The most recent post discusses the fourteenth and fifteenth century wall paintings at Linde Church on Gotland.
Alex recently completed her PhD in the Department of History of Art and Film at the University of Leicester, examining the wooden sculpted Madonna and Child images in thirteenth and early fourteenth century Sweden.
There are also a number of additional images on her Flickr site.
The University of Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning presents a series of public lectures as part of the new Vaughan College Lecture Series, to be held at Vaughan College.
Next Lecture: “Inside the Greyfriars: what do we know about Franciscan Wall Painting in England?”
When: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Lecturer: Dr Miriam Gill
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All lectures start at 7pm and are 40 minutes in duration, with an opportunity afterwards to ask questions. All lectures are FREE and open to all.