31 July 2014
The Trust were delighted to attend the Cathedral of the Forest Flower Festival in July. The church looked radiant with beautiful creative arrangements reflecting the designs of the Beryl Dean and Sylvia Green embroideries – sadly the images here do not do them full justice. The lecture by the conservator Wendy Toulson was really excellent – not only describing in technical detail the work she undertook to conserve the various pieces but also placing Beryl’s wider work in context using illustrations of historic works, many of them local, which she had encountered in her work. We hope to share the full lecture on the website in due course.
It was touching to see the appreciation given to the textiles which adorn this ancient church and we are hugely impressed by the commitment and hard work that went into raising funds and sourcing professional expertise to ensure that, despite their inherent propensity to decay, they continue to fulfil their purpose in the best possible condition.