Westminster Abbey Effigies Conservation Tour
ICON Textile Group
To: Thursday 30.11.17
Westminster Abbey, London
Meeting Point: Meet on the pavement to the right of the entrance to the Cloister in Deans Yard. This is marked 'Group Entrance' arrow on map. Deans Yard is accessed through an arch at the West Door end of the cathedral, marked The Sanctuary on the map.
Length of tour: 2 hours (approximately)
Cost: The tour is free of charge and exclusive to ICON members (please provide your membership number at checkout). This includes a visit to the effigies, but not general access to Westminster Abbey. Due to limited space the event is restricted to 12 only.
Zenzie Tinker Conservation have been conserving and remounting the layers of clothing from the Westminster Abbey Royal Funeral effigies in preparation for the 2018 opening of the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.
There is the opportunity for a small group of textile conservators to visit the conservation facility at Westminster Abbey and see the current re-dressing of some of the effigies and discuss the work with the team. The group will also be able to view the rare ‘pair of straight bodies’ from the original Elizabeth I effigy believed to date from 1603. For more information on the effigies: The Guardian and Museum Crush.
Please note that if this visit will not give you access to Westminster Abbey itself; tickets for entry can be purchased if required through the ticket office.
Image: Edmund Duke of Buckingham effigy, © Westminster Abbey