Feature: Sir John Betjeman Award

WE WERE overjoyed to win the Sir John Betjeman Award for 2018 – the prestigious annual prize bestowed by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

The award commended the skilled conservation of our internationally-significant medieval wall paintings, applied late in the 15th/early in the 16th Century and then limewashed over less than a century later following the Reformation.

Our 2016 conservation project – Death Reawakened – saw not only the painstaking conservation of some of our best-preserved paintings, but also the discovery of previously undocumented works.

The project and the award is now featured in a brilliant report in the SPAB magazine – and you can download and read it here.

Thank you to SPAB, to Hawkes Edwards, to the Perry Lithgow Partnership, the University of York, HLF, and everybody involved.


This article first appeared in the Autumn 2018 edition of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Magazine (Link: https://www.spab.org.uk/) The project won the SPAB’s Betjeman Award, applications for 2019’s award closes on 26 February 2019 (Link: https://www.spab.org.uk/about-us/awards/john-betjeman-award)