Five counties in five days

The Scholars have covered over 200 miles in just one week, visiting five different sites. Norgrove Court, built around 1649 with mid- 19th century alterations, was the location for a glass working workshop with Ben Sinclair of Norgrove Studios Ltd. They specialise in the production of new stained glass using traditional techniques and the conservation of old stained glass.

The week finished with a visit to Middleport pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, which was hosted by Tim Greensmith (2004 Scholar) of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. The group were involved with the gentle repair of the main pottery building. Middleport Pottery is the last working Victorian pottery in the UK and has been conserved with the help of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust

Victorian kiln at Middleport pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

Victorian kiln at Middleport pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

At Warwick Castle the Scholars inspected the sandstone walls. In the past, replacing the damaged stone had been problematic; often the stone that was used was too hard and weathered differently from the existing stone. A local quarry now supplies Warwick sandstone for a better match. The group visited Chatsworth House in Derbyshire where Theo Sturge, a leather conservator, explained the difficulties of repairing historic leather lining. The Scholars also spent some time in Lincolnshire where they toured a 17th century oak barn with architect Mary Anderson.

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Inspecting the stone at Warwick Castle

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One thought on “Five counties in five days

  1. Such visceral images! Keep them coming- lovely stuff! Would love to see some internals of the kiln if you get a chance.

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