Doncaster Minster Restoration
Fine Art on your doorstep – ‘Reredos Revealed’
Conservators Stephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede and their team undertook a scheme of restoration of the high altar reredos at Doncaster Minster in 2014
The highly decorated screen behind the altar - incorporating paintings of Jesus and his apostles - includes carved stone, marble columns and gilding all of which has been damaged in the past by water and darkened by emissions from an early heating system. The reredos was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
The restoration work which took about 10 weeks addressed damage to paintwork and gilding as well as the stone. Colours in the paintwork are brighter and truer and gilding has been replaced where necessary. The overall effect draws the eye to the holiest part of the church.
For more information about Stephen and Lisa’s work go to Rickerby and Shekede
Over the period which the conservation work was being undertaken students from Doncaster College recorded the work undertaken on a detailed basis. For the latest information and an up-to-date view please go to REREDOS REVEALED: conservation project blog
North Transept Restoration
A scheme of restoration of the North Transept was undertaken in 2014 by specialist contractors Norman and Underwood. The work to restore stonework, stained glass and the lead roof of the North Transept – the wing of the church which juts out on the North side of the Minster and includes the Choir vestry, on the inside. The work was completed in December 2014 and the Minster building was able fully function once again.
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The Restoration Programme
The last major crisis experienced by Doncaster Minster, when it was called St George's Church, saw it burn to the ground in 1853. Its replacement church, that we know and treasure today, is now facing another crisis. It may not be as dramatic as an all consuming inferno, but left unchecked it could lead to the same conclusion: a closed Minster.
In August 2011 a piece of carved stone fell from near the top of the tower, damaging the nave roof and the aisle roof below before creating a large dent in the churchyard. This is a stark demonstration about the condition of some parts of the Minster and the need for urgent repairs.
Like many other Minsters and Cathedrals around the country of all ages, the Minster is undertaking a repair programme to keep the rain out and repair masonry suffering from stone decay.
Our next task will be to tackle the Tower which is expected to cost around £2.5 million.
Since 2004 we have worked with English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake repairs to the nave roof and clerestory windows, chancel roof, Forman Chapel, the South Porch and North Transept roof, stonework and windows. The North Transept phase also included a project for internal stone cleaning of that area.
• Admission to Doncaster Minster is free.
• It costs £1,800 a day to open the Minster for the public.
• We do not receive financial support from the Government.
Doncaster Minster relies upon donations from the public to keep it open for visitors, tourists and to secure it for future generations to use and enjoy.
Please consider making a donation to help us achieve our Vision for Doncaster Minster.
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