In commemoration of that historic event, we will be celebrating the anniversary year with some special materials in each of our regular updates and culminating with a Special STURP Update on October 8, 2018, 40 years to the day that we began our examination of the Shroud in 1978.This update also brings you nine more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, word of a special youth Shroud exhibition approved by Pope Francis in August 2018, memorials for several departed Shroud scholars and much more.She was my resident Biblical expert and advised me whenever I had questions about either Old or New Testament issues, all of which were far from my own areas of expertise.More than that however, she was a dear friend and supporter of our work.He was a true gentleman and held his colleagues in high regard, even when they disagreed with some of his more controversial conclusions. "As a surviving member of the "Turin Shroud Crowd" of the same generation as Alan Whanger I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him over a period of nearly forty years.Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. I visited Alan's home in Durham on a number of occasions where we discussed and studied his Shroud related research in his impressive basement studio filled with Shroud materials.
Of course, it also brings with it the sadness of knowing that so many of our team members have passed away in the ensuing years.
On one occasion when I was in Jerusalem with the ESSJ expedition Alan tracked me down and asked me to conduct botanical experiments on his behalf with flowers in a tomb complex.
I also sourced for him the mighty botanical encyclopaedia of the Middle East.
In the afternoon and evening of the 10th they will have the opportunity to visit the Shroud and then continue on to Rome.
The exhibition will not be open to the general public.