Monday, 9 January 2012

A wall painting at Highworth Church, Wiltshire

Wednesday 11 January - a Lunchtime talk by Dr Ellie Pridgeon and Roger Rosewell. Starts 1.10pm and last approx. 45 minutes.

Treasures from the Archive: A Wall Painting at Highworth Church (Wiltshire) will describe the recent discovery of the Highworth mural tracing at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum, and their subsequent research on Highworth Church.

During recent reorganisation at Wiltshire Heritage Museum, a 19th Century wall painting tracing depicting St Eloy came to light. This is a highly-significant discovery, not least because of the rarity of the tracings, and the fact that they provide a source for the lost 15th Century Highworth wall painting. Ellie and Roger will talk about the original function of the Highworth mural and provide a contextual overview of wall painting in Wiltshire.

Ellie is now Assistant Archivist at the Science Museum (London and Wroughton), but until recently was Archivist and Librarian at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum. She wrote her PhD on medieval wall paintings (2008).

Roger is author of the acclaimed Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches (Boydell and Brewer 2008). He is also editor of the on-line stained-glass journal Vidimus.

The two speakers have recently completed a collaborative article for the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine: Wiltshire Studies on the Highworth wall painting.