The Red Book of Bristol

Sue Maude and I made a sculptural facsimile of one of the venerable Red Books of Bristol. These books were compilations of rights, rules and customs dating from the 12th century which record Bristol’s royal charters and guild ordinances, as well as details of all its land and buildings.

Started by William de Coleford in 1344 and bound in red deerskin, they provide fascinating glimpses into the the city’s early life. But the real Red Books are no longer available for us to see or touch. So we made a facsimile of the smaller book covered in red mud from the River Avon, which has of course been central to the life and trade of Bristol for many centuries.The mud also caries the traces of the history of the area. Shown in 'walking l talking' a PLaCE exhibition and 'Walking in the City', a PLaCE and Showroom Project exhibition and event. Bristol 2013

Sculptural facimilie of one of the venerable Red Books of Bristol. Sarah Rhys and Sue Maude

Sculptural facimilie of one of the venerable Red Books of Bristol. 29.5 x 24 x 6cm .Sarah Rhys and Sue Maude