Try brass rubbing at St Martin-in-the-Fields for creative family fun with an historical twist! Brass rubbing in London and throughout the UK was a fashionable Victorian pastime that continues to be popular today. Visitors to churches wanted to take home a memento of their experience and brass rubbing was their inspired solution.
With some paper and a waxy crayon, visitors could trace over the brass monuments that were marking burial places and decorating the church. Eventually, this ‘rubbing of brasses’ caused damage but the desire to mark a visit in a creative way was more popular than ever. The dilemma was solved by creating sets of replica brasses to carry on the tradition without causing any damage to the fabric of the original monuments or stonework.
Brass rubbing at St Martin’s is fun for all ages. Our collection of over 100 replica brasses from churches and cathedrals across the UK includes medieval knights in armour, fire-breathing dragons, damsels in distress as well St George and William Shakespeare.
Once you have made your selection our team is on hand to provide specialist paper, a choice of metallic waxes and demonstrate how it is done. Then it is up to you to get creative.
Prices start at £4.50
Visitors are welcomed to explore the church when a service, concert or rehearsal is not taking place. Self-guided Children’s Trail produced by the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) are available on the tables at the entrances.
Art and exhibitions
St Martin’s hosts art exhibitions curated by charitable and cultural organisations. The Foyer, Gallery, and Courtyard provide a backdrop for these organisations to share their vision with visitors to St Martin’s.