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In Memoriam: Richard Morris

Dr Richard MorrisWe were saddened to hear of the death of former colleague Dr Richard Morris, Research Associate and Reader in History of Art from 1974 until 2001.

Richard was an architectural historian and buildings archaeologist who played a significant role in the establishment of the department and its international reputation for the architectural history of England during the middle ages and the early modern period. After retiring in 2001, he remained active in research and among other projects, developed the Warwick Mouldings Archive, a paper archive of full-size moulding profiles from numerous standing structures and some archaeological collections, mainly in England and Wales. His recent publications have covered such sites as Chepstow Castle, Coventry St Mary’s Cathedral Priory, Eynsham Abbey, Kenilworth Castle, Sherborne Abbey, Stoneleigh Abbey, Tewkesbury Abbey and Tintern Abbey.

"Richard was calm and courageous and devoid of self-pity. He quietly got on with editing the Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society despite being struck again by illness and passed away peacefully in his sleep."

Dr Louise Bourdua, Head of Department, History of Art

The memorial service will take place at St Nicholas Church, Kenilworth CV8 1LZ on Wednesday 28 January 2015 at 2pm. A reception will be held afterwards at St Nicholas Hall.

Richard was working on a project very close to his heart: to restore the gatehouse of Kenilworth Abbey with the Harry Sunley Memorial Project. In the last two weeks of his life, he was also looked after very well by the fantastic staff at Myton Hospice in Warwick. For these reasons, donations, if desired, could be made to The Harry Sunley Memorial Project or Myton Hospice c/o John Taylor Funeral Service, 178 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HU.