medievalwallpaintings

Dr Ellie Pridgeon FSA promoting the study of medieval wall paintings

Medieval Wall Paintings: Research Update

Sue Sharp (Birkbeck) and I will be publishing our article on the medieval wall paintings at Lacock Abbey in the Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies.

I am currently researching the history of two late-medieval paintings on wood from Grafton Flyford church (Worcestershire).  Watch this space for news on this exciting project.

I am also researching the St Christopher painting at Hemblington (Norfolk) for a talk to be delivered at the Hemblington Study Day in September (see flyer below).

Hemblington Study Day Flyer

Hemblington St Christopher

St Christopher, Hemblington, Norfolk

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Lacock Abbey: Wall Painting Conservation Archive

Sue Sharp (Birkbeck, University of London) and I recently examined the Lacock Abbey wall painting conservation archive, which is held by the National Trust.  The aim of our research is to establish the precise function of the space in the Abbey commonly (and erroneously) referred to as the ‘Chaplains’ Room’.  We are also considering the precise function of the wall paintings, and tracing the probable patrons.  The archive, which contains reports describing conservation and environmental monitoring by numerous firms and individuals over the last three decades, has been helpful in establishing the approximate dating of the paintings.  It is likely that our findings will be published in 2015.

Chaplains Room

‘Chaplains’ Room’, Lacock Abbey. What was the real function of this space?

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