In pictures: Cardinal Newman exhibition in Birmingham
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is to host a special exhibition to celebrate the life and imminent beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman by Pope Benedict XVI. Here Veronika Vlkova Antoniou uses a laser gun to clean a bust of the Cardinal.
The bust of Cardinal Newman was commissioned in 1841 and sculpted by Richard Westmacott the younger.
Conservator volunteer Julie Stevens carefully cleans other rarely seen personal items belonging to Cardinal Newman which will be included in the exhibition.
Julie Stevens cleans a statuette bust of Saint Philip Neri, founder of the Oratorian Order whom Cardinal Newman studied.
Curator Brendan Flynn holds an engraved shell which is just one of the items loaned to the museum by the Birmingham Oratory.
The shell is engraved with a scene of the Immaculate Conception and may have been used to scoop Holy Water during Baptisms.
The exhibition will also include a pot from Cardinal Newman's desk containing quill pens.
Curator Brendan Flynn shows Cardinal Newman's robes and mitre.
A detail of Cardinal Newman's mitre stitched in silk and gold thread.
Detail from Cardinal Newman's Victorian crozier.
Cardinal Newman's pectoral cross which can be seen in a portrait of the Cardinal by Millais in the National Portrait Gallery.
'Portrait of His Eminence Cardinal Newman' by Birmingham born artist William Thomas Roden is from the city's own collection and has been specially restored for the exhibition.
The Cardinal Newman exhibition will be on at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from Friday, 10 September 2010 to Thursday, 6 January 2011.