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 and 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.
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.”
He added: “We can’t wait to see what it looks like after the restoration work has been done.”