Speed painting award

Another good week of achievement by the volunteer group, attacking the messier parts of the site and undertaking the usual impressive array of different arts and crafts activities – wood carving, mural painting, mosaic laying etc. Richard also won the speed painting award for completing the foliate border underneath panel 2 of the Saxon mural in just over an hour. As you will no doubt recognise, it is copied from a border in Bede’s Life of St Cuthbert that was made in southern England around 930 AD. Panel 2 (Alfred’s Coronation) is the first of the 8 panels to be completed. Note his brother Æthelred departing heavenwards stage left, the last of the four Dead Æthels (surely a heavy metal group) who predeceased their brother Alfred.