A rare opportunity to see close-up the truly remarkable painted dome inside one of Wren’s hidden masterpieces, St Mary Abchurch and learn first-hand from the experts about the best conservation techniques to clean and repair ecclesiastical decorative art. Enjoy ‘having-a-go’ at casting decorative details from moulds using plaster and applying lime plaster to traditional timber lathes. You are guaranteed to leave with an appreciation of the skills and care that goes into saving and preserving our beautiful churches. This is a conservation event not to be missed!
Wednesday 10th May Sessions at 10am – 12noon and 1pm – 4pm
Watch and hear from conservators working on William Snow’s magnificent 1708 oil on plaster painting high up in the cupola of the church. Learn about the art of plaster and paint conservation. Speak to the conservators about the work taking place and see demonstrations of a HD3D digital survey of the dome and a digital scan of a plaster bust of Wren.
Thursday 11th May Session at 1pm – 4pm
Watch and hear from conservators working on William Snow’s magnificent 1708 oil on plaster painting high up in the cupola of the church. Get involved doing some plaster casting and have a go at lime plastering. There will also be the chance to speak to conservators about the work taking place and demonstrations of a HD3D digital survey of the dome and a digital scan of a plaster bust of Wren.
Thursday 11th May 6pm-8:30pm
Speakers: Rene Rice, Head of Decorative Arts, Cliveden Conservation Sarah Mayfield, Senior National Conservator, National Trust
Hear from two leading craft practitioners who will explore the best ways to maintain and care for our historic buildings in an increasingly challenging environment. Referencing real-life examples and projects across the UK, Rene and Sarah will guide you through the correct conservation and preservation methods that will allow future generations to enjoy our built heritage.
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