Doncaster Minster interior restoration starts soon

Doncaster Minster
Doncaster Minster

The public are to be given the chance to watch the restoration of one of the slightly tarnished jewels in the crown of Doncaster Minster.

Conservators Stephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede and their team will start work on restoring the high altar reredos at the minster next week.

The highly decorated screen behind the altar - incorporating paintings of Jesus and his apostles - includes carved stone, marble columns and gilding - has been damaged in the past by water and darkened by emissions from an early heating system.

The reredos was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, the architect of St George’s Church in the mid-19th century.

The restoration work, which is due to last about 10 weeks, will address damage to paintwork and gilding as well as the stone. “The overall effect will be to draw the eye to the holiest part of the church,” said church official Louise O’Brien.

There will be opportunities for members of the public to visit and find out more about the reredos restoration in talks at the Minster over the summer.