Restoring Pugin Study Day

Restoring Pugin

Learn more about the life, legacy and work of AWN Pugin through this interactive study day at Nottingham Cathedral.

Have you been wondering what was going on behind the fences in the  Cathedral’s east end?  Now you have the chance to find out.

The Friends of Nottingham Cathedral,  Nottingham Trent University and Cliveden Conservation are offering a Study Day to disclose our findings and celebrate the life and work of AWN Pugin.

Afternoon sessions at Nottingham Cathedral and Cathedral Hall

We are offering three experiences at the Cathedral and Cathedral Hall:


Talk followed by Q&A  : Revealing Pugin’s Hidden Treasures with Cliveden Conservation

Learn about the methods and challenges and share the Wow moments of this incredible journey. 

Nicola Collins, Project Manager, Decorative Arts, Cliveden Conservation will give an introduction to Cliveden Conservation and their involvement with the research phases of Restoring Pugin. She will describe notable Cliveden Conservation projects to conserve both the decorative paint schemes and architectural elements of chapels and buildings designed by AWN Pugin.

Ana Logreira, Senior Conservator, Decorative Arts, Cliveden Conservation, will talk about leading the team of conservators and trainees in the Restoring Pugin Project. Ana will present the results of the recent paint trials, which have uncovered the earliest phases of decoration within the chapels and ambulatories of the Cathedral’s east end. Hidden beneath successive layers of later paint, the trials and tribulations of this large scale research will be discussed. We will also be sharing images of the beautiful array of stencils and schemes discovered during this phase of the project.


Cathedral tours

Our conservators will lead a series of 30 minute tours of the Cathedral throughout the afternoon with a focus on the original 1844 paint discoveries in the east end.


Talk followed by Q&A :  Pugin – Romantic, Visionary and Tortured Genius

Rosemary Hill, acclaimed author of God’s Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain.  will speak on the life and work of AWN Pugin.


Refreshments will be available in the Cathedral Hall and gardens between 3.30 and 5pm



11am-1pm at Nottingham Trent University Digital Architecture Lab

NTU, Maudslay building, Goldsmith St, Nottingham NG1 5JS.

NTU Digital Architecture Lab have been working with the Cathedral for the last year to develop innovative tools to help us reduce damp and condensation. They have created a digital twin of the Cathedral and via dozens of sensors have created a 3D thermodynamic model which they will demonstrate. The digital twin has also enabled them to build a computer game help young people understand about our built heritage, and a VR experience showing how the Cathedral decorations have changed. You will be able to experience these during the session.



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Event Summary

Where Cathedral
Price £25
Starts 01.06.24 14:00 PM
Ends 01.06.24 18:30 PM