Cornwall Heritage Trust volunteers and members mastered the art of photographic surveying and 3D modelling this week as part of a conservation skills workshop at St Cleer’s Well. This free day-long workshop was provided in association with Historic England.
One of 13 historic sites protected by Cornwall Heritage Trust, St Cleer’s Well is a medieval holy well and wayside cross located in St Cleer, near Liskeard.
The day was led by the Historic England Geospatial Survey Team, who offered expert insight into their work at various historic sites in the local area and Structure from Motion photogrammetry, a process which helps to construct 3D models.
It was then time for participants to have a go themselves, photographing the site’s medieval wayside cross and then producing a 3D model of the feature with support from the Geospatial Survey Team. It was a fascinating day, and the skills learnt will prove invaluable in assisting the research and conservation of historic monuments across Cornwall.
The latest historic site to be taken into the Trust’s care, St Cleer’s Well is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and also Listed Grade One – a demarcation earned by only 2.5% of listed buildings, which Historic England defines as warranting “exceptional interest”.
Historic England supported Cornwall Heritage Trust throughout its acquisition of the monument and has agreed to grant-fund the essential maintenance of the site, as well as some additional interpretation and surveying.
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