This project is inspired by the recent interest in graffiti being ‘discovered’ in many churches around the UK. It aims to bring the survey of graffiti in Berkshire under a structured scheme with the objective of encouraging the discovery, appreciation and preservation of graffiti.
This project is one of many examples of how according to its aims the Society and its partners undertake joint initiatives for advancing public education in the archaeology and history of the county of Berkshire.
This project is not only a learning opportunity for BAS members to survey the graffiti, but will also create opportunities for the church communities and local residents to learn more about graffiti in general and specifically the graffiti present in their church. The churches will benefit from the knowledge of the location and type of the recorded graffiti and possible a new area of interest in their church. Both the local communities and the churchs’ new knowledge and interest should go towards building a lasting appreciation of the existence, and hopefully preservation of the graffiti.
It is expected that the graffiti discovered will also contribute to and extend the interest in the local history of the villages, through the possible discovery of names, dates, initials and pictures (amongst other things).
The first project at Waltham St Lawrence has been approved. See here for details.
This, and subsequent projects, will be documented on this page.
For information on this project please contact James Peddle at BMGS(at)berksarch.co.uk
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