2017 Sir John Betjeman Award goes to Guild Chapel of the Holy Cross, Stratford upon Avon: Wall painting conservation

wall paintingsThe Death Reawakened Project to research and conserve wall paintings at the Guild Chapel of the Holy Cross in Stratford upon Avon is the winner of the SPAB’s 2017 Sir John Betjeman Award.

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The SPAB writes:

Conservators from Perry Lithgow Partnership worked alongside Hawkes Edwards Architects and contractors Heritage Building & Conservation to gently remove disfiguring layers of overpaint, wax, limewash and grime that had accumulated over time and were contributing to the paintings’ deterioration…

Established in 1990 and named in honour of writer, conservation campaigner and SPAB Committee member (1952-1977) Sir John Betjeman, this award celebrates excellence in the repair of places of worship of all denominations in England and Wales, including the Isle of Man…

The judges shortlisted seven projects for the Award.

  • All Saints, New Windsor, Berkshire: Conservation of a newly rediscovered reredos designed by Thomas Hardy.
  • Leigh Old Chancel, Leigh, Cricklade, Wiltshire: Repair of a timber communion rail damaged by vandals.
  • St John the Baptist, Myndtown, Shropshire: High level repairs to the roof, timber bellcote and bells.
  • St Kenelm, Sapperton, Gloucestershire: Repair of plain glazing.
  • St Leonard, Shoreditch, London: Stabilisation and repair to stonework in the portico.
  • St Mary, Iffley, Oxford: Lime-based conservation of the west front and south door stonework.
  • The Guild Chapel of the Holy Cross, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire: Wall painting conservation.

Following visits to all seven buildings, the judges declared the Guild Chapel in Stratford upon Avon this year’s winner and commended the work at Leigh Old Chancel.

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Find out more about the 2018 Award and how to enter a project

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