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Cash may unlock secrets of abbey
Glastonbury abbey - courtesy bbc.co.uk/somerset
Work on the study is due to start at the beginning of June
A grant of 47,000 could be used to help unlock some of the secrets of Glastonbury Abbey's past.

The cash will be used by the University of Reading's archaeology department for a pilot study into the potential of the material in the abbey's collections.

It is hoped this will reveal the full story of its past.

The abbey has a collection of stones, pottery, glass, tile and metalwork as well as plans, drawings and photographs from the past 100 years.

Conservation plan

The publication of the excavations has been a long-term ambition of the abbey trustees and its importance for Glastonbury and the study of monasticism internationally.

These aims were published in the abbey's conservation plan in 2005.

Dr Robert Dunning, trust chairman, said: "This is a very prestigious and exciting award for trustees and staff at the abbey, especially as it comes in 2007 - 100 years since the abbey was put into the care of a charitable trust that began its conservation and archaeological investigations in earnest."

Work on the study is due to start at the beginning of June.

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