Staff and volunteers were delighted to welcome over 1,300 visitors to the Cathedral’s annual Open Evening on Tuesday 7 October 2014.
The popular event gave visitors a fascinating opportunity to explore this historic building and sample the skilled craftsmanship involved in preserving one of this country’s most iconic landmarks. Visitors had the opportunity to try a number of skilled crafts including carving stone and brass rubbing. Free guided and audio tours were on offer and visits to the private Chapels, the Bell Tower, the Organ Loft, and the Choir Practice Room were greeted with keen enthusiasm.
The Cathedral’s past and future were on display as artists’ impressions illustrated the exciting plans of The Canterbury Journey, the Cathedral’s recent successful Heritage Lottery Fund application. The Cathedral Archives took the evening’s centre stage exhibiting a fascinating collection of WWI artefacts relating to the Cathedral and the City. Foliage adorned the Nave as the Cathedral gardeners brought the outside in and displayed a spectacular selection of seasonal plants and produce, and young and old were encouraged to try their hand at making paper poppies and lavender bags.
The evening which began at 17:30 with Choral Evensong came to an end with a superb concert provided by the Choristers and finished with Compline at 21:00.
It was fantastic to see so many people attend this year’s Open Evening. It’s a wonderful and much anticipated yearly event in the Cathedral diary, enjoyed in equal measures by our visitors and staff.
Lisa Emanuel, Cathedral Spokesperson
In the Press
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‘Cathedral Open day attended by 1,000 people’ Canterbury Times (09/10/2014)