Category Archives: Cathedral Library

TELLING THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY THROUGH THE COUNTRY’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL STONES

Enjoy a virtual walk through Durham Cathedral’s medieval stone collection from home with Open Treasure Exhibitions Officer, Marie-Therese Mayne.

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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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A VIRTUAL COLLECTION- RESTORATION, REDESIGN, RENOVATION:DURHAM CATHEDRAL IN THE 19TH CENTURY- PT.4

Throughout this virtual exhibition, providing access to our Open Treasure #MuseumFromHome, we have been looking at the changes that occurred to the cathedral during the 19th century.  The last post in the series looks at the biggest of these changes, those that were the brainchild of one man, William Lake.

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A VIRTUAL COLLECTION-RESTORATION, REDESIGN, RENOVATION: DURHAM CATHEDRAL IN THE 19TH CENTURY- PT.2

We bring you the second part of our Restoration, Redesign, Renovation exhibition series, as part of the Museum Association’s national #MuseumFromHome #CultureInQuarantine event today. Part two centres on the cathedral’s grand Neville Screen. 

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A VIRTUAL COLLECTION-RESTORATION, REDESIGN, RENOVATION: DURHAM CATHEDRAL IN THE 19TH CENTURY- PT.1

Join us as we present to you a whole day of specially curated blog content from our Open Treasure team, as part of the BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine #MuseumFromHome event. We will be taking you on a virtual exploration of our current exhibition within Open Treasure, Restoration, Redesign, Renovation: Durham Cathedral in the 19th Century. At a time when you can’t visit our museum in person, we hope you enjoy this special series of digital highlights.

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Easter in Open Treasure: from the Crucifixion to the Resurrection

In this blog post, Gallery Attendant, Anne-Marie Ashman takes you through the story of Easter, by examining three objects from the cathedral’s collections within Open Treasure. The objects date from the 7th to the 12th centuries, and depict the story of Easter in jewellery, stone and poetry.

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A HIDDEN EASTER TREASURE: DISCOVERING THE LAST SUPPER STATUE

Our Exhibitions Assistant, Shaun McAlister, is responsible for curating some of the cathedral’s ever- changing exhibitions within Open Treasure. Shaun’s role involves having a wide knowledge of the cathedral’s extensive archives, and very occasionally his research leads him to the discovery of long forgotten objects. That’s what happened when Shaun found himself researching the cathedral’s current exhibition, Restoration, Redesign and Renovation. In this blog post, Shaun details his recent and rather timely discovery of a real hidden cathedral treasure, The Last Supper statue. As we prepare to mark Maundy Thursday today, we thought it was the perfect time to share this story with you.

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19TH CENTURY DISCOVERIES: OPENING ST CUTHBERT’S TOMB – PART 1

Back in the 19th century, the tomb of St Cuthbert, in whose name Durham Cathedral was built, was opened twice, under very different circumstances. Today, Exhibitions Assistant Shaun McAlister takes a look back over the first of these great historic moments.

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