BAA study day of Welsh wall paintings: consolidating history

Stained Glass Attitudes

Llancarfan, Glamorgan Waiting outside Llancarfan in the May sunshine

Last month, another British Archaeological Assocationstudy day whisked me off to Cardiff, to have a look at two churches in Wales: Llancarfan and Llantwich. I didn’t want to pass this up, as I had previously blogged about these wall paintings before, when the BBC did a little piece on them last year. Since being uncovered in 2008, the church has been closed to the public and the paintings rescaffolded for consolidation. Conservator Jane Rutherfoord is currently going through the laborious process of removing the salts that have built up on the surface, at risk of pulling these amazing late-fifteenth-century paintings of St George and the Dragon and the Seven Deadly Sins off the walls.

Llancarfan, Glamorgan Up on the scaffold to look at the wall paintings in the south-west corner of the nave

The one thing we were brought to realise this…

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