Salisbury Cathedral treasure house, upper chamber, from 'Pituresque Memorials of Salisbury' by Peter Hall, 1834


‘Storing Sacred Treasures: the medieval Wunderkammer’ and AGM

  • Tuesday 23 November 2021
    (6pm following the Society's AGM at 5pm)
  • The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT
  • Lecturer: Dr Lesley Milner

The lecture will follow the Society’s 2021 AGM which starts at 5pm. A joint ticket will be issued for both events.

Treasure houses form part of every medieval cathedral or church. Such buildings usually take the form of annexes attached to the east end of the church, within reasonable distance of the high altar. Their function as store houses of the priceless ecclesiastical treasure belonging to the church meant that they were accessible to only a few privileged individuals and remain inaccessible to the general public even today. Nevertheless, as this lecture will discuss, many such buildings, currently in danger of neglect, are resplendent pieces of architecture in their own right.


Dr Lesley Milner trained as an art historian and worked as an associate lecturer for the Open University. She recently completed a part-time PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art. The title of her thesis is Secret spaces: English sacristies, vestries and treasure rooms, 1066-1300 and is due to be published in 2022.

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