Some groups and organisations that have benefitted from these services:

  • Public Records Office Norwich
  • Norwich Castle Museum
  • Norwich Cathedral and Cathedral Library
  • The Albanian University, Tirana, Albania
  • Tishreen University, Latakia, Syria
  • The University of East Anglia
  • Petrie Museum, London
  • City Library, Norwich
  • Sam Fogg Gallery, Mayfair
  • The Courtauld Institute, London
  • The Norfolk Club
  • The Museum in the Park, Stroud
  • Cheltenham Archaeology Association
  • Gloucestershire Cave Rescue
  • City University, London.
  • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
  • Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire
  • Save The Children (at Painswick House)
  • Stroud College
  • Various architects’ practices
  • Birmingham University
  • Bath Abbey
  • Museum of Bath Architecture
  • The Open Palaces Programme
  • UNESCO Bath City of Culture event
  • Glastonbury Music Festival
  • The Queen’s House, Greenwich
  • Stoneleigh Abbey
  • Bridewell Museum, Norwich

Academic and Practical Historical, Heritage and Archaeological study.

Dr. Stephen L’Normand occupies a place in a Duodecian, as one of twelve Guild Masters in the world.  His doctoral research was in the field of sacramental geometry and metaphysics in architectural design.  As Master Stonemason, he has worked on some of the most prestigious, protected and unique buildings worldwide, including: Doge’s Palace, Venice, Somerset House, Queen’s House, Greenwich and Windsor Castle.  He was awarded a Blue Ribbon from The Academy of Free Stonemasons for his time as Master of Works at Stoneleigh Abbey.  He is widely regarded to be the finest living English Baroque stone carver and has produced fine stone pieces for an extensive portfolio of notable clients.  

He has devoted recent years to the protection and development of training in stonemasonry and stone carving in several countries and is based in the UK, where he oversees the training of a select group of Guild stonemasonry apprentices.  

One and five day workshops

As an opportunity to delve more deeply into stonemasonry craft knowledge and theory, a themed one day workshop or five day course can be an invaluable experience.  Enquiries may come from specialist art and antiques galleries, from architects, designers, historians or other special interest groups.  

Both one and five day courses can be structured to incorporate practical experience, guided tours of a building or site of interest (where relevant) and a seminar from a Master Stonemason. Following a preparatory discussion about the desired learning outcomes of the day, the activities and content can be tailored more specifically.

It was so fantastic to meet the Master Stonemason and learn about this ancient craft and how the traditions are carried on to this day… made the hands on experience so meaningful.

I just really loved the stonemasons in Bath. Such a privilege to learn from them and see their commitment to preserving the role and all the skills…(they) were engaging and generous with their time.”

-Attendees of Open Palaces Group Study Days2019

  • Stephen is able to carve a copy of a piece from a specific building, museum exhibit or private collection and, where relevant, can employ tools available to the original carver whilst bringing to life the craft processes contemporary to the piece.
  • Such demonstrations may be filmed for educational and/or entertainment purposes and, in the case of museums, can be used as part of a display.
  • Talks can be given in conjunction with the recording and give remotely or in person. These may be to the students of a university or the visitors to a museum.
  • Carving workshops can also be given discussing certain techniques and allowing those attending to have a go.


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