St William of York shrines

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Andrew Morrison, curator of archaeology at the  Yorkshire Museum in York, admires a carving from one of two shrines dedicated to one of the North’s best-known saints,  St William of York.

The remains of the two shrines are to go on show together for the first time in 400 years. The oldest, dating from 1330, has not been seen by the public since it was severely damaged during the  Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. The second, dating from the 15th century, will also be on show but in a much more complete state after it was also damaged during the dissolution between 1536 and 1540.

The shrines will be unveiled as part of the £2m renovations of the museum, which is due to reopen on August 1.

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