Saturday, 8 September 2007

Heritage Open Days 2007

Across the country, buildings are opening their doors for the national Heritage Open Days. The Cathedral is open every day, but during these days extra events are organised for visitors. Regular guided tours of the Cathedral have been organised; some tours have included a rare chance to climb the Cathedral tower for some spectacular views (see entry below).

Two afternoon lectures took place this afternoon. Canon Dakin, a member of the Cathedral chapter, talked about the Cathedral's liturgical history; Christopher Robson (pictured above), a local historian, gave a talk about the Gillow family in the 18th century. The Gillow name is known for their fine furniture; they were also local Catholics. Tomorrow, the Cathedral's priests and parishioners provide an afternoon of Victorian parlour songs and verse in Cathedral House.