Father and Son fine art Conservators Francis and Giuseppe Downing complete the final phase of work as they remove a decade worth of dirt and dust from two Victorian reredos inside York Minster’s East End on February 11, 2019 in York, England.

The cleaning of the reredos is part of a ten-year project to restore this area of the cathedral. Reredos are ornamental screens that sit behind the alters in the cathedral’s St Stephen’s and Lady Chapels.

They have been covered by scaffolding for around ten years while an £11.5m programme of work was undertaken on the Great East Window and East End to restore the stained glass and stone.

The fine art conservators have spent the last five weeks carrying out repair works and using museum vacuums and specialist cleaning gels to unveil the detailed carvings and paintwork.


Images (c) Ian Forsyth / Getty Images

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