Lessons in heritage

Pupils at Elm Road School Wisbech with  artist Paul J Pulati and Father Paul West
Pupils at Elm Road School Wisbech with artist Paul J Pulati and Father Paul West
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Pupils from two Wisbech schools have been taking part in an exciting week of drawing as part of a project focussing on art and heritage.

The work is part of the three-year, £100,000 research and development project awarded by the Archbishops’ Council and the Church Commissioners which sees artists-in-residence working with the community.

Some of the children taking part in the drawing and brass rubbing

Some of the children taking part in the drawing and brass rubbing

Father Paul West, vicar of St Peter’s Church, explained the church was very fortunate to have on loan from Ely Cathedral 12 medieval brasses of which children from Elm Road and Ramnoth Junior schools have been busy taking rubbings and doing drawings.

One of the brasses of knight Sir John D’Aubernoun is the oldest and most precious in the country, explained Father Paul and was loaned on the strength of the project.

As well as working in the church, the pupils have been in the town doing other drawings with artist Paul J Pulati who is originally from California.

The week’s work culminated in an exhibition on Friday of the rubbings and drawings completed by the pupils with parents invited to St Peter’s Lodge.