A VERY ‘DURHAM’ LOVE STORY

Our wonderful volunteers come from all over the county, and often feel deeply connected to the cathedral, something that ultimately leads to them joining as part of the volunteer team. Here, volunteer guide, Jane Young, explains her connection with the cathedral, a connection that stems from her childhood and something she gained a sense of place and identity from in her formative years.

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THE GREAT DOORS OF Durham Cathedral

Our cathedral guides are so passionate and dedicated to their roles that they’re often motivated to discover more about their favourite parts of the cathedral in their spare time. Here, Frank Cain delves into the history of the splendid cathedral doors, and unpicks the research on their origin.

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AN INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF PRIOR TURGOT

Our knowledgeable cathedral guides often embellish tours with information on their own special interests (whilst still including all the salient facts about the cathedral of course!)  Here cathedral guide Alex Milbourne provides us with an insight into the life of Prior Turgot, who was Prior of the Monastery at Durham between 1087- 1109. An often overlooked figure, Prior Turgot played an important role in the building of the cathedral, and the translation of St Cuthbert’s body into the Feretory.

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THE STORY OF THE VENERABLE BEDE; THE FATHER OF ENGLISH HISTORY

On the Eve of St Bede’s feast day, what could be more fitting to share than the life story of our beloved St Bede, whose tomb is housed in the Galilee Chapel inside Durham Cathedral. Head of Collections, Alison Cullingford, takes us through Bede’s early years, his time as a monk, his scholarly legacy and his eventual passing.

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Open Treasure: Exploring the Monks’ Dormitory

When you visit Open Treasure, the museum of Durham Cathedral, the first room you see is the Monks’ Dormitory. Today, it houses a permanent exhibition display, looking at early Christianity in the region, the story of Durham’s patron Saint Cuthbert, and the history of the cathedral. However, the room itself is also one of the ‘treasures’ of the cathedral. Join our Open Treasure Exhibitions Officer, Marie-Therese Mayne, as she details the extraordinary story behind the monastic space.

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