The Reading Abbey Gateway has just been restored. It raises questions of restoration versus conservation – given the Gateway, first erected in medieval times, was in a terrible state by the 1800s (even though Jane Austen had been to school there) and more or less completely fell down in the mid 1800s.
It was rebuilt to a design by Gilbert Scott and has just been restored as part of Reading’s Abbey revealed project.
Here’s an experiment with a ‘scratchcard’ (use finger or mouse depending on your device) on the theme – what is it we are restoring/are we conserving anything?http://imuse.org.uk/scratchcard/scaffolding-down/
(Thanks to HQS Wellington and infopoint for the seminar where imuse picked up the idea of using a scratchcard)