Stones of Bath
The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to consider the use of Bath Stone through the ages. Saxon carvings will rub shoulders with contemporary work from stonemasonry students from City of Bath College, and a carved angel created by the Bath-based but internationally acclaimed stonemason Laurence Tindall will also be on display. Laurence has been working in stone for more than 30 years in an architectural, religious and community context and his works adorn many buildings in the City including Bath Abbey, the Theatre Royal, Rebeca Fountain and even The Porter Pub.
The Combe Down stone mines, from where much of the City’s stone originated, will yield a number of secrets – not least in the form of archeological finds. If you think Banksy is an original, just wait until you see Holly, a piece of 19th century graffiti on display for the first time. There is also an extraordinary and fascinating piece of video footage which will literally take the viewer on a journey through the passageways and caverns of the Combe Down mines.
Archive images of quarrymen, masons and carvers plus the oral histories of quarrymen talking about their work in the 1920s will all offer a remarkable insight into the stone that residents and tourists alike take for granted when walking around the City.
We are very pleased to announce that this exhibition has been awarded a grant from The National Lottery through its Awards for All scheme. We would also like to acknowledge the generous support of Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd and the Bath Stone Group.