Now until Sunday 24 November, 2013
+Treasures showcases over 50 fascinating objects and artefacts that have been found in churches across the Diocese of Bath & Wells.
Delve deeper behind a physical object and discover fascinating stories, facts and surprises that span the 13th century to the present day.
Some of the objects have survived centuries, hidden from image-breakers and vandals. Others simply lost, and it was their accidental discovery that made them precious. Others are crafted by artists using valuable materials to celebrate the defining rituals of the church. There are even connections to past kings and bishops.
- A Dragon Weathervane that survived a World War II blitz.
- The Spear of Aller, which was supposedly from the Legend of the Great dragon of Aller near Langport.
- A stuffed swift, a symbol of thanksgiving following a severe storm which hit a church mid-service causing the pinnacle of the church to collapse and sadly killing a little swift, the only fatality.
- A 'St. Nicholas' sculpture by the 20th century artist Rachel Reckitt
- A Funerary Helmet stolen from a Somerset church in 1973 which found its way to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
- A Charles II bearing cloth made of coral spitalfields silk and silver metal lace.
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Join the volunteer team!
We're currently looking for volunteers to join the Church Treasures team to help explore the Somerset area and discover fantastic objects and stories. Read more on the News page or contact Anneli Connold (Wed-Fri) on 01749 988111 ext 202.
The Church Treasures Project is a volunteer-led initiative to create and sustain exciting exhibitions at the Bishop’s Palace and is part of the Palace Trust’s wider development project.