Cathedral rolls conservation project
March 2011: 400 fragile rolls requiring conservation
To June 2013: 65 rolls conserved and available for consultation
We are still seeking funds to continue with the project. Rolls relating to various manors including Crondall, Havant, Hursley, Winchester and Wiltshire still to do. All financial help is welcomed. Make your donation today!
June 2013: 11 more rolls conserved including for Avington, Baughurst, Millbrook, Wootton St Lawrence; see online catalogue for regular updates
November 2012: the Guild of Voluntary Guides presented us with a cheque for £6550 towards further conservation work in 2013-2014 and the programme is currently being planned with a view to making 20 more rolls available in this financial year.
April 2012: 54 rolls completed, exceeding original target
January 2012: completed conservation of 21 manorial court rolls. One relating to Godbegot manor, Winchester in 1518/19 includes this snippet: 'it is ordered by this court to all tenants of this liberty that henceforth urine and water otherwise unclean will not be discharged into the common gutter within Goodgygete aforesaid to the nuisance of the inhabitants there under penalty if anyone of them offend on their part - 20d.' Curiously, a letter to the local newspaper related to similar problems in the city in January 2012!
October 2011: work began on the manorial court rolls. We continued to promote the project in a formal talk to the Cathedral Fellowship and to four groups of Cathedral Guides who saw the conservators 'in action' and decided to adopt the project for their fundraising events next year.
April 2011: An exciting project to conserve the most fragile Cathedral rolls got under way, thanks to grants of £10,000 by the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust and £1,000 from Hampshire Archives Trust.