Winchester Cathedral Open Evening

Tue 26/01/16 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

 Once again Winchester Cathedral opens its doors to the public, welcoming everyone to find out what goes on behind-the-scenes and, with the medieval nave clear of chairs, offering a rare opportunity to see the wonderful architecture of the Cathedral as its builders intended it, but in the very special atmosphere of evening light. The event starts with Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir at 5.30pm and activities and displays run from 6.30 – 8.30pm. There will also be a short recital by the Boy Choristers at 7.30pm. Entry is completely free so why not take the opportunity to discover more about our city’s most famous landmark!
Although what you normally see of the Cathedral is the building and the worship which takes place within its walls, the work of a millennium is continued day by day to maintain and conserve the building and its traditions. Much of it normally hidden from view, so this is the ideal chance to find out what makes it a living community.
Come and see how its ancient manuscripts are restored, or try your hand-bell ringing. There will be a display focussing on the current conservation programme of the 12th Century Winchester Bible, which is currently not fully available to view during that work, but there is a special temporary exhibition showcasing one of the four volumes itself. The Cathedral’s Curator will be on hand with images and explanations about the exciting work which is taking place.
Jane Austen is one of the Cathedral’s most famous residents, and there is a permanent exhibition near where she is buried which tells of her life.
Meet the stonemasonry team who continue a centuries-old tradition, and those who look after the vestments and adorn the Cathedral for services through the year. There are also activities for Children, displays from the Friends of the Cathedral, Music department, the Head Gardener, and other groups within the organization who make this great church tick.
There is bound to be something for everyone and refreshments are available too so do come along to find out more!