free academic use of hi-res images

Much Hadham Museum wall painting 25

Our planned exhibition for 2020 “Why Paint a Wall?” explores the motives behind the creation of the 16th Century wall paintings here at The Forge. Due to COVID-19, we were not able to open to the public and our exhibition is now delayed to 2021.

So, we could not think of a better Christmas gift than to share FREE academic use of our 16th Century wall painting images with all of you. We hope this will encourage researchers, historians, artists, costumiers, teachers and students of all ages.

They include, what we think, is the only image of Elizabeth I depicted as a man and a King in the scene The Judgement of Solomon. There is also a splendid example of her Royal Arms flanked by Halberdier supporters. They are remarkably complete murals and reveal marvellous details in the costume.

Our images are hi-resolution and were taken by the award-winning photographer David Calvert, you can be sure of super quality.

We want to use the widest possible definition of “academic use” – there are no hidden charges for print publications, paid for talks or exhibitions. We want to build a community of knowledge around our wall paintings and we’d like you to be part of it!

Fill out the form, we will then email the requested images to you.