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Cheyneygates, Westminster Abbey, 13 November 2012 

From effigies and chest tombs to brasses, wall and floor monuments, our church monuments are facing a variety of risks and challenges. These include theft, decay, the effects of tourism and church closure.

This symposium aimed to raise awareness of some of the challenges to monuments that churches and cathedrals are facing and considered options for their protection and conservation.

It is hoped that the event will contribute to ongoing discussions about the future of our nation’s ecclesiastical fine and decorative art heritage.

Event Information

The Chair, Mrs. Anne Sloman OBE introduced the day and delegates were welcomed to Cheyneygates by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster.  A number of talks were then presented (see below) and an open forum discussion was held.  This was followed by a short guided visit into Westminster Abbey to see first-hand the care and conservation of monuments in the Abbey (by Vanessa Simeoni and Lucy Ackland).  This was followed by Evensong for those wishing to attend.

Delegate Handbook including Speakers' Biographies

Talk transcripts or summaries are available by following the links below.  Most should be read in conjunction with the presentations, which are included in PDF format.

Monuments at Risk: An Overview. By Sally Badham FSA, President Church Monuments Society (Transcript of talk)
Presentation (PDF format)

Legal Issues Affecting Monuments. By The Reverend Alexander McGregor, Deputy Legal Advisor to the Archbishops’ Council and General Synod (Handout)

Theft of Monuments from Churches. By Andy Bliss QPM, Chief Constable, Hertfordshire Constabulary (Talk summary)
Presentation (PDF format)

Security and Monument Conservation.  By Martin Holden, Holden Conservation Ltd. (Transcript of talk)
Presentation (PDF format)

War Memorials in Churches.  By Jeffrey West PhD FSA, Senior Advisor Closed and Closing Churches, Church Buildings Council (Talk summary)
Presentation (PDF format)

The Care and Conservation of Monuments at Westminster Abbey.  By Vanessa Simeoni, Head Conservator, Westminster Abbey (Transcript of talk)
Presentation (PDF format)

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