The Story So Far

Work started in 2019 with the erection of scaffolding to the south side of the quire for the re-roofing works. In June of 2020, work moved inside and the Chapter House conservation work began. There have been two teams of specialist builders working on the project, Heritage Conservation Restoration (HCR) were responsible for the roof works, while Croft are on site working on the Chapter House and the garden. It is anticipated that work will move outside by the end of 2020.

Behind the scenes, the project team, which includes Architects, Archaeologists, Minster staff, quantity surveyors, designers and project managers, is working together to ensure that the project is a success and reaches out to the community with opportunities to hear about the works as they progress and that there is a lasting legacy for the future. We are busy documenting and evaluating the work as it progresses, capturing its development for the future.

The Leaves Project Updates

16: Lighting installation

16: Lighting installation

February 19, 2021

New lighting has been installed outside Southwell Minster. Click the photo for more.

The Green Man poem

The Green Man poem

February 9, 2021

A poem inspired by the ‘Green Men’ of Southwell Minster’s stunning Chapter House.

14: Craftsmanship

14: Craftsmanship

January 29, 2021

A look at what the workmen get up to on this fascinating project. Click the photo for more.

13: The Chapter House gets some 21st century luxuries

13: The Chapter House gets some 21st century luxuries

January 22, 2021

We can begin to see our lovely Chapter House being restored to its former glory, but with some new 21st Century luxuries, all designed to improve conservation, access and visitor experience. Click the photo for more.

Previous Events

Re-leaf talk

Re-leaf talk

February 24, 2021

The latest in the series of Leaves of Southwell online talks. Cathedral Architect, Nick Rank explores the exciting and essential conservation work to the Chapter House over the last couple of year. Click on the photo to find out more.

Masons and Carvers talk: view video

Masons and Carvers talk: view video

February 10, 2021

Cathedral Archaeologist, Professor Philip Dixon explores the latest evidence of what is known about Southwell Minster and discusses the role of the medieval stonemason and carvers. Click on the photo to find out more and view the recording.

Nikolaus Pevsner talk: view video

Nikolaus Pevsner talk: view video

January 27, 2021

The third in the Leaves of Southwell series explores the life of Nikolaus Pevsner, author of the ‘Leaves of Southwell’. Dr Helen Bates provides an overview of his life and his connection to the Leaves of Southwell. Click on the photo to find out more and view the recording

Paint Detectives talk

Paint Detectives talk

January 13, 2021

The second Leaves of Southwell online talk explored the latest analysis of the paint pigments in the Chapter House. Click on the photo to find out more.

Lost Traditions talk: view video

Lost Traditions talk: view video

December 2, 2020

This seasonal talk, with Dr Sophie Holllinshead, explores some of the customs, recipes, folklore and sayings that mark rural life as the days reach their shortest. Click on the image to find out more and view a recording.

A series of videos created during the development phase of the ‘Leaves of Southwell’ Project, 2018

The Leaves of Southwell Project: An overview of the rationale in the development phase of the project.
Video © Taskscape Associates Ltd.

An Art Historical Interpretation of the Leaves: The leaves of Southwell, an art historical perspective with Professor Paul Binski, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
Video © Taskscape Associates Ltd.

Naumberg Cathedral Visit: Staff research visit to compare the leaves at Naumberg Cathedral in Germany.
Video © Taskscape Associates Ltd.

After Pevsner: Revisiting the Leaves of Southwell, Conference 2018: The speakers comment on their perspective of the leaves.
Video © Taskscape Associates Ltd.

After Pevsner: Revisiting the Leaves of Southwell, conference feedback: Delegates give their views of the conference and topics.
Video © Taskscape Associates Ltd.

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