Hidden mural at St Crispin's School restoredBy Laura Herbert
November 19, 2012
A mural hidden for decades has been restored as part of a scheme to bring to life the cultural heritage of Wokingham.
The painting is of an autumn scene and was unveiled by Wokingham town mayor Councillor Peter Lucey at St Crispin’s School last Wednesday.
The mural is one of three depicting the changing seasons and was created as part of the original school design in 1953 by artist Fred Millet.
Albion Veseli, 14, a pupil at the secondary in London Road, said: “The murals really brighten up the school corridors and cheer us all up.”
The first mural, titled Summer, was successfully restored in 2011, and art restorers peeled back layers of paint to uncover the autumn mural.
The restoration of both paintings has been made possible thanks to donations from The Wokingham Society, Wokingham Town Council and a former pupil.
Peter Must, chairman of The Wokingham Society, said: “The Wokingham Society is pleased to be a co-sponsor for the restoration of this second mural, having been similarly involved in contributing to the recovery of the first mural last year.
“We hope and believe the two murals will make a significant contribution to the life of the school and to the cultural heritage of the town. We are delighted the works will be available for visitors to view on open days or by request.”
Jan Nowecki, Wokingham Town Council clerk, said: “We are delighted to offer support to the restoration of another mural at St Crispin’s School. The council was pleased to link with St Crispin’s on Heritage Day last year when visitors to the town hall were able to speak to students about the first restoration and then visit the Summer mural itself at the school.”
The murals are part of the town’s heritage and are available for viewing by appointment with the school reception, and on Wokingham’s National Heritage Day.
Win Patterson, St Crispin’s acting headteacher, said: “These fantastic murals remind students of the history of the school at a time when its new £5.6 million extension is due to be opened in December.”