(This film was made as a blog post for the Torre Abbey Residency project)
Lynne Humphries, Sculpture Conservator; Phil Harper, Museum Installation; Amelia Marriette, Torre Abbey's Keeper of Art
Beer stone fragments: from 16th century Effigy; deliberately broken 23 February 1539 by Sir William Petre, a Secretary of State to King Henry VIII; excavated from Torre Abbey's grounds 1986-88, returned to Torre Abbey June 2014
‘Benedictus’ from Missa Salve intemerata by Thomas Tallis performed by Winchester Cathedral Choir conducted by David Hill. Courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd, London.
"'Benedictus' may refer to....The second part of the Sanctus, part of the Eucharistic prayer" (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
'During his first years in office, Qalawun faced a quickening tide of Mongol aggression. The Ilkhan Abaqa took advantage of the disarray afflicting the Mamluks to send a sizeable raiding force into northern Syria in 1280, prompting the general evacuation of Aleppo'
(The Crusades, Thomas Asbridge, publ.Simon&Schuster 2010)
'we meet a British citizen. Syrian in origin, born in France who was hit in a bomb blast. He says
"We are in hell, just go outside, the city is flattened," he said. "There's nothing. It's every single day. Every single day, every single hour. There's no people any more. No cats, no insects. Nothing left."'
Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, Return to Aleppo, June 2014