Beetles and bats threaten treasures of the medieval parish churches

By Dalya Alberge

Major project aims to protect panel paintings in East Anglia from catastrophic effects of infestations

They have survived the religious purges of the Reformation, the sectarian violence of the English civil wars, even the widespread whitewashing of church walls in the 19th century.

But now hundreds of priceless medieval panel paintings in churches across East Anglia – depicting gruesome scenes from hell, biblical figures, English monarchs and angels and apostles – face a new and potentially deadly threat: deathwatch beetles.

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