Thursday, 17 September 2015

Museum store discovery - pre-reformation decorative wooden panel

While re-organising the museum store, the Curator stumbled upon this interesting carved panel tucked away behind a large piece of furniture. The wood was quite soft and part of the panel was a bit mouldy - this was gently removed and the panel was moved to a damp free area of the store!

Further research uncovered that the panel is from around the late 15th century and most likely from a local chapel or the Parish Church. The panel was at one time installed at 141 South Street before being salvaged by William M. Jack, local architect, restorer and trustee of the St Andrews Preservation Trust, when he restored the property some decades ago. Quite a find indeed!