This project aimed to document the historical importance and modern day transformations of the iconic Merton Priory Chapter House. This national treasure is over 900 years old and was one of the most influential centres of medieval Britain for culture, religion and politics. Archaeological relics and the original foundations are preserved in a community museum cared for by the Merton Priory Trust.
Volunteers were trained in audio and video capture techniques and produced a short documentary introducing the Chapter House and the planned access improvement works for the museum as part of the Living Wandle Scheme.
Creating the documentary also involved historical research, conducting interviews with members of the public, professional architects and historians and camera work to capture footage of the Chapter House before the renovations begin.
The film was successfully launched in December 2016 and is proving an invaluable tool for celebating and raising the profile of this often overlooked cultural treasure.
The Chapter House is currently closed to allow works to begin in Spring 2017 to make it a more accessible venue. For more information about Merton Priory visit the Merton Priory Trust’s website or find out more about the Chapter House access improvements.
This project is part of the wider Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.