UPDATE ON HISTORICAL RESEARCH-September 2012

Dr Riall interim reported came to the conclusion that the carved screens at Bradley Manor and the Sandford Orleigh Screen are so similar they almost certainly have originated from the same origianl setting.

Do look at the photographs of various renaissance comparisons, including images of the Bradley Manor screen in the conservation gallery.

 

UPDATE ON THE RE-CARVING OF THE MISSING ELEMENTS WITHIN THE SCREEN 3RD JULY 2012

The re-carving of some of the missing elements of the panels and supports is progressing well.

Laurence Beckford, the specialist wood carver, has sent images of his work which you can look at

in the conservation gallery-they are quite remarkable!

 

UPDATE DAY AT FORDE HOUSE, NEWTON ABBOT, 22ND MARCH 2012

On the 22nd March the public were invited to Forde House to witness the conservation process on a section of an important and rare renaissance screen, and not only that but they had the chance to ‘have a go’themselves, under the watchful eye of, renowned, wood conservators Hugh Harrison and Liz Cheadle!

If that was not enough, they also were able to talk to Laurence Beckford, a top wood carver in the process of carving fine detail to restore elements of the screen that have been lost or damaged when it was removed from the house Sandford Orleigh, Newton Abbot, in the 1990s.

The workshops were followed by short presentations by Hugh Harrison on his work as a conservator, Dr Nicholas Riall, on his latest news on his historical research, and last, but no means least, a presentation by Kate Green the Arts Co-ordinator for the HOO project who has been developing and delivering 60 FREE arts related workshops for the project.

 

Hugh Harrison's conservation team have been busy conserving the screen since July 2011. The photographs show the Heart of Oak project team visiting the workshop where the screen had been stored since 2008.

The panels that were enclosed within the frame of the screen were removed for cleaning and the process was filmed and photographed. Kate Green visited Liz Cheadle's workshop and photographed the process of cleaning the years of thick varnish from the panels. The process is very skilled,the true character of the 16th century panels are beginning to emerge.

Click on the i on the left of each photograph to find out about the image

 

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