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