Wednesday 3 October

Talk: The Relhan collection: recording south Cambridgeshire’s antiquities in the early 19th century

by Alison Taylor

NB This meeting is in Landbeach Village Hall

Richard Relhan was an apothecary who worked in Cambridge in the early 19th century and was able to devote time to travelling around south Cambridgeshire in a horse and cart, making water colour record drawings of attractive sites and buildings in many villages. There are over 300 of these drawings, many illustrating church monuments and scenes of topographic interest. Unusual items include Barnwell Priory and the Cellarers’ Chequer, Anglesey Abbey and Bartlow Hills. As the drawings were made before Victorian repairs etc were made to churches, and when memorials were still comparatively fresh, the drawings are a valuable historic record. They now belong to Cambridge Antiquarian Society. The University Library has digitised the drawings on behalf of the Society, whose members will prepare notes on many of the monuments recorded, and all will be made publicly available.


Alison Taylor was the first County Archaeologist for the new county of Cambridgeshire,  responsible for creating a Sites and Monuments Record, protecting sites through the Planning process, management of important field monuments,  educational programmes and extensive excavations. She wrote two volumes on the archaeology of Cambridgeshire for the County Council and was Editor of the Proceedings of Cambridge Antiquarian Society from 1996 to 2006.


This is a change from the previously announced topic and speaker.

(NB: Meeting at Landbeach Village Hall)


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