CONSERVATION students are working to restore objects from churches in the run-up to Easter.
As part of their training on the metalwork programme at West Dean College, Sophie Harris and William Hawkes work on live historic projects. Sophie, a second-year student, is restoring the locks and fittings on a medieval oak chest from Chichester Cathedral, thought to have contained a bishop’s crozier.
First-year student William Hawkes is carrying out restoration work on a Victorian processional cross made of wood, overlaid with silver and inlaid with precious gemstones.
The cross will be completed and returned to its home in a Sussex parish church for the Easter services.
A spokeswoman for said: “Students work on live projects and learn the whole conservation process, from assessment, stabilisation and cleaning, through to repair and sensitive restoration.”