In a small basement room at the junction between the cloister, the church and the garden, you will find an introductory exhibition. The monk’s life ‘between heaven and earth’ is depicted on dark bluestone plinths and water coloured glass walls. A boundary stone, some medieval glassware, storage jars, ointment jars and pipes, the last abbot’s mitre, a spice cabinet and a few chapters, two intact medieval tombs ... are only a few crumbs of fourteen centuries of history. However with some imagination you can hear the high-pitched singing of upper-class boys, and the scratching of quills on vellum.
The title of the exhibition refers mainly to the relationship between the abbey and the society around it. From a clearly critical perspective. Because the foundations of an abbey are always in the earth. However high its towers reach heavenward.