Monthly Archives: March 2017

  1. Replicating the Abbey

    Some of the most interesting features of Westminster Abbey are the hidden architectural details which you might not notice at first glance, such as the vaulting bosses and carved pillars. To bring these pieces to life, and encourage people to take a closer look at the Abbey, we have created two replica models.
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    The first model...

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  2. Book of the Month

    Our book of the month for March is Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace which is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2017. In contrast to recent years this book has been written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, himself and is his first full-length book. 

    Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace

    The forty days and forty nights which make up Lent – according to the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke...

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  3. Bringing Artefacts to Life with Reine d

    In February of last year we invited Anne-Valérie Legrix, Head of Design at Reine d’Amour, to work on a collection of jewellery inspired by the beautiful artefacts and architecture of Westminster Abbey. 

    Based in rural East Hertfordshire, Reine d’Amour specialise in working with the heritage sector on bespoke jewellery design and concept marketing. Each item is made using age-old artisan techniques and materials, taking up to four months to design and manufacture.

    After exploring the Abbey to find sources of inspiration, Anne-Valérie spoke to us about her experience: ‘Here at Reine d’Amour our passion is creating beautifully crafted, original pieces of jewellery for the tastes of today's customers, but inspired by history - everything from architecture and furniture to decorative art and costume. Westminster Abbey is steeped...

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  4. CD of the Month

    Our CD of the Month for March is Abbey Spectacular! , featuring a wonderful collection of organ music played by Daniel Cook on the Westminster Abbey organ.  Daniel Cook is the Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey and has performed on many of the Westminster Abbey Choir’s recordings since taking up the position in 2013. 

    Abbey Spectacular!

    The current organ of Westminster Abbey was built by Harrison and Harrison and was installed for the Coronation of King George VI in 1937. Harrison and Harrison are a company with over...

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  5. Conserving History at Westminster Abbey

    Westminster Abbey is known for its long history as a church and its connections to the monarchy as the site of coronations; however, just as fascinating is the history of the building itself.  From its early beginnings more than a thousand years ago the Abbey has been through many changes, and so has a great story to tell. With the many reincarnations, adaptations and additions to the building that have taken place, different sections date from the 11th century up to present day. With such a wealth of history within the walls and floors of the building, as well as the treasures found inside, it is crucial to preserve this for future generations to enjoy and appreciate. 

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