Museums

2015    ‘Great Depot Move’ for Epping Forest District Council Museums service

By using ‘bog-standard’ EXCEL, it is now possible to recover, manipulate and otherwise interrogate individual records of historic ‘lapidary collections’; allowing overall evaluations and costings, as well as individual measurement for heritage interpretation purposes. The closure of a long-standing museum depot allowed the assessment of several hundred architectural fragments excavated from Waltham Abbey over a forty-year period (literally an unknown quantity!). A provisional concordance with documentary sources has been carried out (employing generated charts) but unrecorded building campaigns have also been identified. It has been possible to reject seventy-seven fragments from long-term storage.

Fragments of the great Augustinian Priory
First found in the 1950s, fragments of the great Augustinian Priory of Waltham are found again

2012 Westminster Palace Jewel Tower Museum:
the King’s High Table

A Purbeck marble table stood at the south end of Westminster Hall from the 13C to the 17C. It was a symbol of medieval English monarchy, serving particular roles in coronation feasts and in the later Law Courts. A single incomplete ‘trestle’ of the 13C table was discovered and reassembled in 1960. Interventions (2005-6) led to the discovery of further fragments. Circumstances permitted proper archaeological publication and as part of a team of experts, Dr Samuel used CAD to arrive at a full reconstruction of the original table. He also established the existence of other later ancillary tables; otherwise unknown. This exercise complemented and clarified the documented history. The Project results were published in Antiquaries Journal 92 (2012).

Purbeck marble trestle-table
This Purbeck marble trestle-table saw several medieval coronation feasts
(© MOLA)