Help us Save England's Wall Paintings

24 Sep 2019 03:38 PM

With irreplaceable centuries-old paintings at risk, English Heritage is appealing for donations to conserve our country’s painted history.

England's wall paintings are at risk, with a catalogue of threats causing them to deteriorate. English Heritage yesterday launched an appeal to support the conservation of these irreplaceable treasures and is calling on the public for support.

The Charity cares for 77 wall paintings, the country’s largest and most significant collection. This collection stretches as far back as the painted walls at Lullingstone Roman Villa in Kent and includes the Victorian gothic decoration at St Mary’s Church Studley Royal in North Yorkshire. Many of the wall paintings in the collection are at medieval abbeys, priories and churches, ranging from simple decoration to large-scale religious scenes and include the internationally-important art at St Mary’s Church, Kempley in Gloucestershire.

At Risk And Under Siege

From the damp English climate, to failed early 20th-century restoration attempts to the very buildings they are housed in, these irreplaceable artworks – some even older than those in the Sistine Chapel – are at risk from a number of factors and each faces a unique combination of threats, including:

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