Hidden Treasures – conserving Westminster Abbey’s funeral effigies


On Demand online talk
Duration: 75 mins (approx)

£10 (£8 for student concession)*

Join Zenzie Tinker as she looks back on one of the more unusual projects to have passed through the ZTC doors in recent years – the conservation of the Westminster Abbey funeral effigies.

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Between 2015 and 2018, ZTC had the very great pleasure of undertaking the conservation of 12 costumed funeral effigies for display in Westminster Abbey’s new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries. Dating from 1603 to 1806, the life-sized effigies grew out of the tradition of an effigy being processed through the streets of London atop the coffins of royalty and then placed in memoriam by their tombs in the Abbey. Through the centuries these effigies evolved into static, symbolic objects placed beside the tomb of the monarch and the aristocracy as well as being tourist attractions bringing a welcome source of income for the lay staff of the Abbey.

Over 350 items of effigy costume were conserved by our team including royal ceremonial robes, high fashion clothing, undergarments, stockings, shoes and wigs, and ‘props’ such as an African grey parrot, one of the earliest taxidermy birds to survive.

If you’d like to find out more about the many lumps, bumps and layers of Charles II, Admiral Lord Nelson and Queen Anne (to name but a few), then don’t miss this talk! This is a recording of the online event, which originally took place on Tuesday 20 September 2022 via Zoom.

About the speaker

Zenzie established her textile conservation company, Zenzie Tinker Conservation in Brighton the early 2000’s after beginning her conservation career in London. She undertook an apprenticeship under Ksynia Marko in the 1980’s and in 1991 was awarded the Museums Association Certificate in Textile Conservation. Zenzie then worked for more than a decade as a conservator and senior conservator at the Museum of London and the Victoria & Albert Museum specialising in costume. In 2003 she left London to set up her fledgling business in Brighton.

Now with more than 35 years experience in the conservation field, Zenzie leads a large team of textile and paper conservators undertaking a complete range of conservation treatments and display work for historic, modern and contemporary textiles, tapestry and costume for both the public and private sector.

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* Student concession

  • Full-time students buying concession tickets will be required to produce an image of their valid NUS/student ID to complete the process.
  • The offer is restricted to one ticket per event for each student.

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Additional information

Standard or concession

Standard £10, Concession £8