The Cathedral’s history goes back to 597AD when St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary, established his seat (or ‘Cathedra’) in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

The people who work to conserve the Cathedral’s fabric are highly skilled artists and craftspeople. Their work requires sensitivity to the spirit of the building and they aim to slow down the process of decay, replacing only those parts that have lost the battle for survival.