The basic goal of the works carried out between 2005 and 2009 was to stop degradation processes and to perform a full, extensive conservation of the 15th century Birth of the Virgin Mary Church in Harklowa with all its furnishings. The initiative regarding protection, prevention and broadly understood complex research and conservation works was a joint endeavor of the parish’s parson, the parochial community and the conservation services. This action had a deep impact on the local community, which, once again, noticed the value of its medieval church.
The research and inventory of the church’s body was followed by a full conservation, including the replacement of roof shingles and enclosure. Dendrochronological and conservation studies. During three years, work was performed on the wall paintings spanning four historic periods: the middle ages, 17th, 19th and 20th centuries. A full conservation of all the elements of the church’s furnishings was performed, namely the painting in the ancient, early 16th century triptych now exposed on the main altar. A preventive conservation program for the entire church was also established.
Photos by Jarosław Adamowicz, PhD