Doncaster Minster has received the welcome news that it is to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £3,900 towards its ‘Reredos Revealed’ project.
The project will not only physically restore and conserve the high altar reredos – a highly decorated screen behind the altar - it will help people to better understand the significance of the artwork/craftsmanship by offering public talks and leaflets about it as well as an exhibition at the end of the work.
Sharing Heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.
The ‘Reredos Revealed’ project will bring a team of conservators together to restore paintwork, stonework and gilding behind the altar which includes portraits of Jesus and his disciples. Damage caused by water will be addressed and the overall effect will be to brighten the east end of the Minster. The restoration work will be visible so that visitors can see what is happening.
A catalogue of photographs will be taken throughout the project so that the changes are documented and so people can fully appreciate the process. Young people from Doncaster College will have been involved in the cataloguing process, learning as they go and will create an exhibition later in the year.
Commenting on the award, Canon Paul Shackerley, Vicar of Doncaster said: “People from Doncaster are very attached to their Minster and lots of visitors comment on how beautiful the high altar reredos is. The ‘Reredos Revealed’ project will really make the reredos sparkle again and the Heritage Lottery Fund grant in particular will help us to make sure that as many people as possible understand its importance. We can’t wait to see what it looks like after the restoration work has been done!”
Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Doncaster Minster and the people of Doncaster can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”