Vaults Conservation

The High Vault at Winchester Cathedral has been returned to its former glory and visitors can now fully appreciate the superb display of Episcopal and royal heraldry.

A platform weighing 5 tons was installed to facilitate work to provide access to the 16th-century timber vault, with its 250-plus bosses. Conservation work began in November 2015 and involved the removal of 20th-century cream paint to uncover the original deep colours and gilding from the 1500s. Modern paint was also removed from the picture posses and the original painted areas were conserved.

In addition, the rib vaults were cleaned and repainted. Now complete, the vibrancy of the roof bosses is striking.