We dug, we found, we are amazed!

You may have seen in the press recently that we have had the results back from our recent archaeology survey and we are both amazed and excited by the finds.

Allen Archaeology in Lincoln undertook the excavation for us to find out what remains below ground in areas around the Cathedral that we hope to improve as part of the Connected project.

I’m delighted to say that the excavation team unearthed many ancient and important artefacts including medieval graffiti showing hand carved Daisy Wheels. These are intricate and very beautiful hand carved symbols in stone which we believe are created as part of a protection ritual.

Further evidence of our ancestors’ everyday lives was found in the form of Roman and medieval pottery, medieval building materials and animal bones. The archeologists also found the burials of two adults. These were carefully re-covered and have been left in situ.

We also discovered the remains of medieval buildings we knew had once existed but had been destroyed in the Victorian period including the original Deanery and the Chantry – two of what were the most impressive medieval buildings in Lincoln. Plus, the once tiled floor of the elaborate gatehouse – Dean Flemyng’s Gate Tower – which was constructed in 1451–83.

We have history records that tell us much of the Cathedrals rich history but what we found during this dig has helped us to fill some of the gaps which is incredible.

The results of this survey, which was overseen by advisors from Historic England, are incredibly important – not only are we able to learn much about the Cathedral’s history and our ancestors – but it will help to inform our plans for improving visitor experience.

Putting ‘on’ a show

If you were lucky enough to be at the Lincolnshire Show last month and stopped by the Lincoln Cathedral stand, you would have seen a few of the Connected team looking like we had raided a dressing up box.

Myself and a number of my colleagues got into the show spirit and donned outfits of important historic figures from the Cathedral’s past, including medieval knights and Roman soldiers.

Never a team to shy away from a challenge, we dressed up to encourage visitors to come into the stand to hear about our exciting plans for the Cathedral and offer visitors the opportunity to see visuals of what the plans will look like when complete. Plus, we hoped a few of them would dress up too so we didn’t feel so silly, thankfully a few did!

The Lincolnshire Show is a firm favourite in the county’s events calendar and is the ideal place to see all that makes Lincolnshire great and what better place to learn about the future of our much-loved cathedral?

Throughout the twos days, the sunshine brought with it thousands of keen visitors and we welcomed lots of local and not so local people into the stand who were really interested in the Connected plans and we also asked their  opinions on what they think we could improve on. We were also very grateful to Stokes who provided tea and coffee throughout the two days – exactly what you need when you’re not used to standing up for two days!

The Lincolnshire Show is one of many events we will be taking part in to engage with people on the Connected project. We want to educate, inspire and inform on our plans but also share the Cathedral’s past, archaeology and architecture.