Recreation and Restoration
Evelyn Gibb’s Mural
The recreation of part of the Evelyn Gibb’s mural of the Annunciation at St Martin’s Church, Bilborough, Nottingham.
Evelyn Gibbs Annunciation at St Martin’s Church, Bilborough, Nottingham
In 1946 Evelyn Gibbs painted the Annunciation mural at St Martin’s Church in Bilborough, Nottingham. In the 1970’s a lowered false ceiling was inserted, the window bricked up and the bottom half of the mural painted out. In 2014 the ceiling was removed, the window reglazed and the Evelyn Gibbs murals were cleaned and conserved. We then recreated the missing areas of Mary and Gabriel so that the mural could be read as a whole once more.
The archive image shows the complete mural when it was first painted. We used this image to create full size cartoon of Mary and Gabriel before transferring the designs to the walls to be painted.
This project was awarded the SPAB John Betjeman award in 2015 for conservation and recovery of the wall paintings.
An archive image showing the complete mural.
This image shows the clear line across the murals where the bottom part of the mural has been painted out.
This image shows the drawn cartoon of the lower portion of the mural being checked by being attached in place on the wall.