Abbey’s past will help guide future of care
AS Tewkesbury Abbey moves towards the celebration of its 900th anniversary in 2021, the history and heritage of the abbey will be the focus of a new research project.
The project which will be a collaboration between the abbey community and the University of Exeter.
Thanks to a grant from the Friends of Tewkesbury Abbey and match funding from the university, a dedicated doctoral researcher, Eleanor March, has been appointed to lead the project and to prepare a Conservation Management Plan which will help guide the continuing care for the abbey.
Eleanor is a qualified historical archaeologist, a graduate of Exeter and York universities, and comes to this project direct from working in a heritage conservation role at Bodiam Castle, Sussex.
Her particular interest is in medieval sites and she is especially pleased to take up this role.
She said: “This is the ideal opportunity to extend my research into the character of English monastic architecture and to its long history of adaptation from Conquest to Reformation and beyond, and to inform my future work in heritage.”
The research project started last month and will run for three years.