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Abbey finds Joseph’s missing finger

Thursday, 26th July 2007

Abbey finds Joseph’s missing finger

Joseph Nightingale in St Michael’s Chapel has been reunited with one of his missing fingers.

Abbey conservator Vanessa Simeoni has a team of students helping with her with the deep cleaning of various parts of the Abbey and assigned Rui Ferreira of the City and Guilds of London Art School to clean the Nightingale statue which depicts Joseph attempting to defend his wife Elizabeth from the grisly figure of Death.

But when Rui began cleaning in the folds of Joseph’s robe he discovered the index finger that had been missing for years.

The good news is that Vanessa will attempt to restore the finger to his rightful place on Joseph’s right hand.

We will put it back on. We always try to reunite bits that have dropped off - I have a box of bits in my studio that I am always looking for homes for.

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At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

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Vanessa, Head of Conservation

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