Summa Inter Mediocria
ACADEMIC STUDY & RESEARCH
The Guild has within its court membership and board of masters a diverse group of senior academics and academically recognised craft masters, who form The Guilds Academic Board.
A Guilds contribution to the Country’s welfare is not only commercial and practical but also academic to a degree which cannot be overstated.
All board of masters are working at the highest levels within their fields or engaged in research in various related topics and are involved in teaching all levels up to graduate level.
THE GREAT COLLECTION
Our aim is not only to hold a large educationally important collection of geological samples, but for these samples to represent the materials available to craftsmen and builders at any time in the last thousand years.
The geological samples alone will be tested and documented using over 40 categories. The collection will mainly focus on geological, paleological, technical and architectural samples, books and manuscripts but will include any category related to the training and education of future guild master stonemasons.
A library of books and manuscripts is being collected by the current Court and members to be held by The Guild in perpetuity for the study and research of its members.
A medieval curse on those who steal guild books.
“For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand & rend him. Let him be struck with palsy & all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying aloud for mercy, & let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, & when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever.”
Our guild members are involved with five research projects, two of which are very wide ranging and all encompassing;
1/ Study of the Norman Donjon, Norwich; Using our partnership with the Norman castle through the Norwich museum service we will study the construction, material used and the socioeconomic impact to the local area and further afield.
2/ A study into the effects of hand tool finish and machine finish on dimensional stone looking at deterioration, formation of calcareous layer (where applicable) algal growth, patina (appearance of exposed face).
3/ Ancient Roman quarries and quarrying technologies throughout its empire.
4/Identification and properties of historic and current building stones; We will hold samples of all building stones using them for study and research, carrying out over 40 scientific tests and cataloguing the samples with results.
5/ The intangible stonemasons craft heritage; building a database, artefacts and manuscripts of craft relates individuals, history, stories, poems, songs, art, dance, architecture.
As well as the training and education of our own craft and academic apprentices we will offer a resource to those academically and practically working in any of the fields of our expertise.
We are able to offer a unique point of view and insight not available through most universities to undergraduates and graduates. A practical application is invaluable in showing the true nature of complex problems and is often vital to the analysis, critical evaluation and eventual solving of the problem.
Agata Gomółka has recently completed her PhD at the University of East Anglia. Her research focuses on the impact of materials and working methods on the aesthetic, form, and language of the body in stone architecture of the Romanesque period. Her study is rooted in the engagement with material evidence, supported by her original analytical approach to viewing and photographing sculpture. Her involvement with the stonemasons of the Guild of St Stephen and St George is part of this preoccupation with the physicality of stone and realities of carving. The carving project undertaken aims not only to give insights into the practices of conception of the carved bodies as subjects in an effective performance of architectural sculpture, but also to bring closer the discipline of art history and the craft of stone masonry.
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