Extras

The Significance of Relics Podcast

Rebecca Somerset (British Jesuit Archives) conducts an interview with Dr Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst College Collections Curator) about Jan’s experience of researching and caring for relics. They discuss the skills needed to work with relics and how the stories of individual relics are discovered.

The podcast offers an understanding of why relics are important, and parallels are drawn between the relics of English and Welsh martyrs of the 16th and 17th centuries and of the relics of St Oscar Romero and others, who were killed in the 1980s in El Salvador. Of course, they touch on the recent relic exhibition, How bleedeth burning love, which the Jesuit Province and Stonyhurst College jointly launched in March 2021.

Relic Cleaning

Watch Dr Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst College CollectionsCurator) talk about how we clean and look after relics.

Before and after:

Here are some examples of before and after cleaning.

Bone Fragment of Edmund
Arrowsmith

Before

After

Fabric from the bag which held
the remains of Thomas Garnet

Before

After

Fragment of Thomas More's
hair Shirt

Before

After