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Preparing for The Ancestors

Preparing for The Ancestors

It’s just under two weeks until this summer’s exciting stained-glass exhibition The Ancestors opens to the public.

This stunning exhibition has been brought to life by the Cathedral’s carpenters, electricians, decorators and the Stained Glass Studio team.

The team have been tasked with creating a truly extraordinary centrepiece to display nearly the entire series (21 of 24 figures).

Geoff Pentecost, one of the Cathedral’s carpenters, has led the way in this endeavour, designing a stunning 6.6 meter hexagonal tower in tandem with its construction! With seventeen years of experience at the Cathedral, Geoff has spent three months creating the pieces of a tower strong enough to support the 12th century stained glass, 28 LED lighting panels and over 7,000 screws!

The tower will also hold bespoke bronze supports for some of the glass. These supports will move from the exhibition to the Great South Window itself, becoming a permanent part of the Cathedral. The tower will finally come together when it is installed in the Chapter House just after Easter, ready for the glass to be carefully installed in early May.

Stephen Buchan, Lead Electrician and his team have been working to ensure people see the glass in the best light possible. Following the exhibition, the LED panels will find a new home in the Stained Glass Studio’s light tables, where highly delicate cleaning and conservation of the Cathedral’s glass takes place. Currently, the tables do not evenly distribute light, making intricate repairs challenging. The enhanced tables will make a huge difference to the conservation team, as well as being far more energy and cost effective.

The Ancestors will run daily from Monday 18 May – Sunday 23 August 2015. (The exhibition will take a short break Monday 13 – Friday 17 July for University graduation week)

Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 16.00 and Sunday 12.30 – 15.00.

Entrance to the exhibition is free but Precinct charges will apply.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a number of Friday evening lectures.


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