A Material World | 'The Exeter Cathedral Wax Votives' by Dr Naomi Howell and Graham Fereday
In 1943, following the bombing of Exeter Cathedral, a trove of wax votive objects was found at the tomb of Bishop Edmund Lacey. Many were in small fragments, but one whole figure remained - a unique survival of what was once a vibrant religious practice. In this seminar, Dr Naomi Howell and Graham Fereday from Exeter University discuss the history, study and ongoing conservation of these extremely rare, fragile objects using a combination of high-definition photography, 360-degree videos and 3D-printed models. Combining medieval history and digital humanities, this seminar offers students and others who are interested an opportunity to discover more about this important archaeological find. Presented in conjunction with Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives.
This event was part of our 'A Material World' event series which focuses on the reconstruction of life in the past through objects and materials, the people who made them and the people who used them.
This talk took place on Monday 22 March 2021.