143 TUTOR: Matt Gow (BA RSA Dip)
Misericords are the hidden wooden seats designed to ease the suffering of those standing at prayer for hours on end, found mainly, but not exclusively, in cathedrals up and down the land. They are modern-day phenomena that survived the Reformation, the English Civil War and misguided 20th century modernisation programmes. They portray intriguing images that range in scope from mythical creatures to Biblical scenes and everyday depictions of domestic medieval life. This course will explain their origins and the messages they were intended to send. You will go on field trips to Bristol and Gloucester Cathedrals as well as St Mary's Church in Fairford to see some spectacular examples and learn more about these fascinating and enduring pieces of medieval art. Please note that three days of this course will involve trips in a minibus.
We will begin the course by exploring the historical origins of misericords and take an overview on what influenced their invention.Then we will move onto explore how to decode the different images and symbols found on misericords by looking at a wide range of examples.
We will visit Tewkesbury Abbey.
We will continue exploring the different themes that make up misericords and also look at how misericords are made.
We will visit Gloucester Cathedral and Fairford Church
We will finish the course with a visit from a modern wood carver explaining the process of making a misericord.
English Misericords Marshall Laird
Church Misericords and Benchends Richard Hayman
English Medieval Misericords Paul Hardwick
A little book of Misericords Mike Harding
Matt was educated at Rugby School and studied Politics at Queen Mary College, London University after three years in the US Marines. He is a keen traveller.
All courses run for 5 days
WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul
WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul
WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul
WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug
9.15AM to 12.15PM
1.45PM to 4.30PM
All Day Courses
9.15AM to 4.30PM