The Conservation of Historic Stonework, talks by Alex Wenham and Richard Martin

28 September 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Iffley Church Hall
Church Way
Oxford OX4 4EG
Penny Tyack

Alex Wenham is an architectural stone-carver and restorer based in Oxford. Right now two of his sculptures in plaster of Paris are outside the Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford as part of the ‘Tomorrow’s Oxford Heads’ exhibition celebrating the 350th anniversary of the creation of the original Sheldonian Theatre heads. He has restored some of the most prestigious buildings of both the UK and France, and has worked on stone buildings of every century from the eleventh to the twenty-first.

Richard Martin specialises in stone masonry, stone restoration, conservation and rope access. He is the Director of Heritage Stone Access. When – or preferably before – a pinnacle tumbles from the spire of a medieval building, Richard is the man who climbs up and fixes it. His charismatic personality must exert the same magnetism on stone as it does on young apprentices and adult audiences.

Alex and Richard will talk about their work. Although they work in very different ways, each has a profound and practical understanding of historic building and sculpture as well as a lively creative imagination and enormous physical stamina.

Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

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