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Where there’s brass

15 April 2009


From Canon David Meara

Sir, — I was interested to read the piece about brass-rubbing (Features, 20 March). The Monumental Brass Society, of which I am President, exists to promote the study and conservation of brasses and incised slabs, and publishes a regular Bulletin and Transactions, as well as organ­ising conferences and study days.

I believe that churches could make still better use of these wonder­ful treasures, both to encourage vis­itors and to generate income. Paper and heelball are still available, although not as easily as in the 1960s, and Shire Publications are issuing a new edition of their Guide to Brass­es and Brass Rubbing this summer. I have also written Modern Memorial Brasses 1880-2001 (Shaun Tyas, 2008).

The study of brasses and the delightful pastime of brass-rubbing open a window into the medieval world which schools would find useful. The guardians of our ancient churches should be alert to the potential lying on their floors, and unlock it for a new generation.

St Bride’s Rectory, Fleet Street
London EC4Y 8AU

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