Here’s an update from Adam Parker, curatorial assistant, about preparation work for our new exhibition 1212: The Making of the City, in the Yorkshire Museum’s Medieval Gallery:
As part of the 1212 project refurbishing of the Medieval Gallery, the tombstone of the Abbot Thomas Spofford has been relocated from its position leaning against the wall within the gallery to become part of the floor alongside the surviving wall of the Abbey, within the Medieval Gallery proper.
The abbot was Bishop of Hereford before retiring here as Abbot of Saint Mary’s Abbey in the early 16th Century.
Geoff, our technician, got busy doing his thing cutting silhouettes of it out of the floor in order to cut a carefully-sized hole in the concrete beneath.
As the pictures show, moving the thing was no work of moments. It took four of us in the end, myself, Geoff, Andrew (head curator) and Mat (guide) to use some elbow grease to manouevre it up the ramp and into its new home.
This was easily the heaviest jigsaw I have ever done!