Project to Restore Marie Corelli’s Monument 

We are delighted to announce that a project to restore the angel that stood over Marie Corelli’s grave in Stratford-upon-Avon is now well under way. The statue was moved to the City and Guild School of Art in London in September where their Conservation Department, led by Dr Marina Sokhan, is beginning a process of conservation and restoration of the marble statue, shown here before work began.

The significant damage to the statue caused when it was toppled is a follows; a broken right wing, the right arm is broken into nine pieces with fragments of two fingers missing, and the left arm is broken into three pieces.

The work is being undertaken by one of the Conservation Department’s final year students who will complete the work over the forthcoming academic year. The intention is to return the statue for reinstatement in late June or early July. In the meantime the grave will be cleaned and re-furbished by Stratford's monumental masons, GEO Clifford.

The project was instigated by Nick Birch, (administrator of this website), and adopted by Stratford Society, who organised minor repairs to the statue back in 1996. Funding has come from a Stratford Town Trust grant, with contributions from Avon~Boating Ltd, who own Marie Corelli’s gondola, and from private donations.

© Nick Birch 2013