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Picture Gallery for the Whitbourne Reredos Restoration project

Displayed here is a collection of photographs showing the reredos in some detail, the problems it suffers, and the progress of the restoration work.

In each case, a miniature photo is shown here. A larger version of each picture can be viewed by clicking on it.

Use these links to jump to the area of interest:

Before the start of restoration:

General view of the reredos in St John the Baptist church, Whitbourne:
General view

View of left and right sides, with wall tiles under protective covering:
Left side view with wall tiles  Right side view with tiles

Two views showing tiles separating from the wall:
Bulging tiles  Tiles bulging at floor level

Two views of cracks in the main reredos panel:
Cracks in reredos  Cracks in reredos

Dismantling the reredos side panels

Chiselling out the moulding prior to removal:

chiselling out the moulding prior to removal

Two views showing the east wall after removing the side panels:
Side panels removed  Side panels removed

Side panel sections ready for transport to workshops:
Side panel section for transport  Side panel section for transport

Preparing main panel for removal

The side panels having gone, the main panel was covered with an acetate sheet:
Main panel with acetate sheet

The acetate sheet was marked with red lines to show cracks in the opus sectile parts, green areas identify chips, black lines show main outlines plus some mosaic detail, and annotations show main coloured areas (B for blue, P for purple etc.):
Acetate detail 1  Acetate detail 2  Acetate detail 3

The panel was covered with a cloth glued onto the surface:
Fabric glued to panel  Panel covered with cloth glued in place

These pictures show further stages of the panel's removal...
Pulyurethane foam was gluedto the panel. Note the emergency central support under the alabaster tiles where they started to fall away:

Foam glued in place

Scaffold was to provide a working height, and support for the final removal:
Scaffold in place

Aluminium honeycomb glued to polyurethane foam to provide extra support:
Aluminium honeycomb in place

This picture shows a close-up of the support layers, with the panel (face down) on top, then the glued fabric, then the polyurethane foam, and the aluminium honeycomb at the bottom:

Finally, the main panel is removed ready for transportation to the workshops:
Main panel down at last

This picture shows the rough state of the wall where the side panels have been removed:
Rough wall where side panel removed

Re-pointing the east wall with lime mortar

Re-pointing the east wall  Re-pointing the east wall

Conservator Vanessa Davis's dog Archie keeps an eye on her, when not distracted by the rector:
Archie, Vanessa's guard dog

Work in progress at the conservators' workshop

The first picture shows the rear of the main panel covered in a parting layer prior to being attached to the alluminium. This 'weaker' join will allow for removal of the panel from the alluminium at some time in the future should it be necessary, and is in fact a 'classic' industrial process. Vanessa and Brian are working on the side panels in the background.
The second picture is of the first part to be near completion, the work is mounted on the alluminium with a few minor repairs and additions to be done, though the top right hand corner mosaics amount to over 100 pieces to be correctly positioned!

Main panel covered in parting layer  The first part nearing completion Look again at the un-restored pictures to see where this panel belongs.

Side Panels start to be reinstalled

These pictures show the situatation at 23rd November, with some of the side panels replaced:
Side Panel replacement Side Panel replacement2
Side Panel replacement3 Side Panel replacement4

Re-installation almost complete

View of east wall restored

This page last updated on 5th March 2007 by John Bland.