Check out statue work

Art admirers are being invited to experience the conservation of some of the nation’s finest historic monuments at a village church near Kettering.

St Edmund’s Church in Warkton opens on Thursdays in August, allowing people to witness the renovation of the 18th-century Montagu Monuments. The marble sculptures include works by renowned Huguenot sculptor Louis Francois Roubiliac, whose work also adorns Westminster Abbey. The £0.5m project began this year and is expected to be completed by 2015.

Gareth Fitzpatrick, of the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust, said: “An exciting conservation project, funded by the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust, St Edmund’s Church Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is under way and will be completed by the end of 2014. Therefore, this is a unique opportunity to see conservation in action.”

The monuments will be open between 10am and 4pm on Thursdays in August.