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Church objects restored for Easter

First year student at West Dean, 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. SUS-140415-133019001

First year student at West Dean, 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. SUS-140415-133019001

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.”

 

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