Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Unscrambling the Miracle windows at Canterbury

Restoration work in preparation for lending one of the Miracle windows from Canterbury cathedral, depicting healings attributed to the intercession of St Thomas Becket, to the forthcoming British Museum exhibition about him and his cult has revealed that panels have been misplaced during a past restoration.

The Mail Online has an illustrated report about how the transposed panels were identified. Lending items for exhibitions can be a significant opportunity to take a fresh look at them, to clean and to conserve, as has clearly happened in this case.

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