Our parish churches survive because they are important to the people that they serve, whether in villages, towns or cities. They are not actually museums, but they often contain more of the best in British art, particularly sculpture than museums can. Please have a look below, and see if there is anything that I can do for you, your group or society…..Robin Draper

Robin provides illustrated talks on the following:

Church Monument Talks

The Tomb Makers of Burton-upon-Trent

This presentation tells the story of those who made funerary monuments – mainly in alabaster – during the period from about 1500 to 1640 in the Burton-upon-Trent area. A number of former workshops have been identified in Burton, of which at least four have had the proprietors names identified. Some existing monuments have been documented to these shops, and stylistic similarity to other monuments has allowed further attributions to be made to these establishments. The work of these shops was sold over several counties, and in some they competed with London based workshops.

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Evolution in Monuments

In this talk we look at the evolution of church monuments from the early 13th century to about the turn of the 20th. It all started with stone coffins sunk into the floor , with their decorated stone lids above ground. Effigies representing the deceased evolved from these lids, and from there monuments grew, styles changed, and effigies became less popular in the 18th century, only to reappear in the 19th. So much history of families, Military and civilian service and fashion is shown in these works of funerary art.

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Church Architecture Talks

Centuries in Gothic

Using photographs taken in Staffordshire, this talk examines church building from the period 1066 to about 1550, and in terms of the architectural style reflects practice from around England. Staffordshire was not a wealthy county, and so most of its church buildings evolved over the centuries as congregations grew. The images used in this talk show how the design of architectural features can give the church visitor clues as to when specific parts of the church were built.

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