Research and Academic Services
Dr. Assia Kaab, one of our Guild Academic Apprentices has a PhD from the University of Toronto in Middle Eastern studies with a focus on Mesopotamia and was awarded The Outstanding Achievement Award by the Canadian Museums Association which is only awarded to one person or research group each year. In this video, she speaks at the annual public meeting of The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation about the Ottoman Mathematical Instrument Research Project which she was involved in during 2017.
Our Guild members are involved with five research projects, two of which are very wide ranging and all encompassing;
1/ Study of the Norman Donjon, Norwich; Using our partnership with the Norman castle through the Norwich museum service we will study the construction, material used and the socioeconomic impact to the local area and further afield.
2/ A study into the effects of hand tool finish and machine finish on dimensional stone looking at deterioration, formation of calcareous layer (where applicable) algal growth, patina (appearance of exposed face).
3/ Collating evidence for a project about Ancient Roman quarries and quarrying technologies throughout its Empire.
4/Identification and properties of historic and current building stones; We will hold samples of all building stones using them for study and research, carrying out over 40 scientific tests and cataloguing the samples with results.
5/ The foundation of a database of the intangible craft heritage of stonemasonry, including artefacts and manuscripts related to the history, stories, poetry, songs, art, dance and architecture within stonemasonry as well as data and artefacts related to notable historic and living stonemasons.
As well as the training and education of our own craft and academic apprentices we will offer a resource to those academically and practically working in any of the fields of our expertise.
We are able to offer a unique point of view and insight not available through most universities to undergraduates and graduates. A practical application is invaluable in showing the true nature of complex problems and is often vital to the analysis, critical evaluation and eventual solving of the problem.
Agata Gomółka recently completed her PhD at the University of East Anglia. Her research focused on the impact of materials and working methods on the aesthetic, form, and language of the body in stone architecture of the Romanesque period. Throughout the final year of her PhD, she was welcomed into the Norwich lodge of the Guild of St Stephen and St George to participate in guided practical projects that supported her work. She was offered opportunities to observe and interview working stonemasons and in turn shared her thesis and analysis with the guild members.
"My involvement with the stonemasons of The Guild of St. Stephen and St. George has helped me immensely to advance my research into Medieval sculpture. Learning about the practicalities of carving, the relationship between carver and material and the attitudes of craftspeople towards their work is helping me to better understand the sculpture from a period that left us little evidence besides the artworks themselves. I aim to continue my work with The Guild, to play my part in bridging the gap between the discipline of Art History and the craft of stonemasonry"
For further information about our academic services or any of our research projects, please contact us through the link on the website home page..
The video below is of Dr. Agata Gomółka, another of our Guild Academic Apprentices talking at meeting of The British Archaeological Association in February 2018 (held at The Society of Antiquaries of London's Burlington House meeting room). Agata is an Editor and Events Coordinator to The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland (CRSBI) and an Associate Tutor for The Department of Art History and World Art Studies of The University of East Anglia. She recently completed her PhD at the University of East Anglia. Her research focused on the impact of materials and working methods on the aesthetic, form, and language of the body in stone architecture of the Romanesque period. Here she discusses the Romanesque Columns at Strzelno in Poland.