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
Work has now progressed to the Palace Gardens. Click photo for more.
The Leaves of Southwell project nears completion as finishing touches are applied, including the testing of the new internal lighting. Click on photo for more.
Work on the Leaves of Southwell project has entered the home straight – after 18 months we’re nearly there! Click on the photo for more.
Developments inside the glorious Chapter House at Southwell Minster. Click photo for more.
Cleaning and repairing delicate C13th stonework in Southwell Minster’s world-renowned Chapter House. Click the photo for more.
Were the delicate C13th carvings of the Chapter House originally painted? Samples have been taken for analysis to find out. Click on the photo for more.
The latest in the series of Leaves of Southwell online talks. Join two of our Minster Stewards as they explore what the Leaves of Southwell can teach us about medieval life in England when the Chapter House was built. Click on the photo to find out more and view the recording.
The latest in the series of Leaves of Southwell online talks. Cassie Harrington explores the iconography of Green Men during the High Gothic period. Click on the photo to find out more and view the recording.
Have you taken a beautiful shot of nature during lockdown? If so, why not enter our new competition and you could win yourself a great prize. Click on the photo for more.
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 and view the recording.
We had some fantastic pancake faces sent in to us as part of a recent competition. Click on the photo for more.
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.
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
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.
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.
As part of the Leaves project, vital restoration work was completed on the Quire Roof and Chapter House. We had the unique opportunity to lead some hard hat tours, seeing the conservation work well underway.
The Education Department ran a craft competition to find the best knitted/sewn/felted/crocheted Green Man or Woman, during Spring 2020. People were invited to create a ‘green man’ inspired by the incredible and world-renowned medieval carvings in the Minster’s Chapter House.
Hannah Turner performing “After the Dust” in the Chapter House.
On the 18th February 2020, we had a family fun day filled with exciting crafts, games, trails and activities for all ages! Many of these activities were inspired by the Leaves of Southwell project.
A printmaking adult workshop was led in partnership with Inspire. All the students learnt how to create beautiful pieces of artwork using nature’s foliage inspired by the Chapter House carvings.