Finchale Priory: Frater

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

The frater or refectory at Finchale Priory lies on the south side of the cloister. It dates to the early 14th century.

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

Access was via an arched doorway in the south-west corner of the cloister, with steps up to the frater.

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

Below the frater is a vaulted cellar.

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

Bury St Edmunds: Charnel House

IMG_0742The charnel house at Bury St Edmunds lay within the precinct of the abbey, just to the south of the west end. It lies in what is now the Great Cemetery. This structure was built by Abbot John Northwold (d. 1301) [see ODNB]. This was constructed to take the bones of the dead recovered from the construction of new graves.

The Value(s) of UNESCO

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Statue of Liberty © David Gill

One of the many roles for UNESCO has been the recognition of World Heritage Sites around the world. The news that both the US and the State of Israel will be withdrawing from the funding of UNESCO raises deep concerns.

The 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property has had a major impact on the way that countries can protect their cultural property in the face of organised looting and damage. Over 300 items have been returned to Italy from North American public and private collections as a result of this benchmark for cultural property. (The value of this Convention is discussed on “Looting Matters“.)

Among the WHS locations in the USA is the Statue of Liberty that was inscribed on the list back in 1984. As UNESCO states, the statue “endures as a highly potent symbol – inspiring contemplation, debate, and protest – of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy, and opportunity”.

Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards 2017

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Suffolk Museum of the Year 2017: National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art © David Gill

The Suffolk Museum of the Years Awards 2017 took place at the University of Suffolk last night. The awards, hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin, were as follows:

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Suffolk Museum Object of the Year 2017, awarded by Lesley Dolphin © David Gill

Congratulations to the winners, short-listed museums and to all museums across Suffolk.

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Suffolk Museum of the Year 2017 © David Gill

Tom Potter, “Newmarket’s National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art named Suffolk Museum of the Year“, EADT 9 October 2017.

#HeritageDay17 Glenfinnan

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Glenfinnan © David Gill

The Glenfinnan Monument, in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, marks the point where Prince Charles Edward Stewart landed in 1745. The column was erected in 1815

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Glenfinnan © David Gill

Releasing the Story of Sutton Hoo

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Sutton Hoo © David Gill

The National Trust has been awarded £1.8 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enhance the visitor experience at Sutton Hoo. One of the projects will be to create a 17 m high viewing tower to give some visitors views of the burial ground. Tranmer House, overlooking the cemetery, will be the home for a new interpretative exhibition.

Heritage Counts: The north-east of England

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Warkworth Castle © David Gill

The importance of heritage for the North-East of England is highlighted in the new Heritage Counts [pdf] prepared by Historic England and the Historic Environment Forum (HEF).

Heritage added £536.6 million directly in GVA; this increases to £976.6 million if indirect and induced contributions from heritage are included. Over 9,600 individuals are employed directly in heritage, and including those whose jobs are indirectly linked to heritage that figure stands at 15,700.