Story time at Lincoln Cathedral

Whaling out for things to do with the kids this half-term? Fishing for ways to enhance their learning? Bring them along to Lincoln Cathedral for a story time session of Jonah and the Whale and other sea creature stories.

We are hosting story time sessions inside the Chapter House at Lincoln Cathedral for children seven years and under this half-term on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th February. Normal Cathedral entry fees apply, but children under five go free. There will be two story time sessions available on both days at 11–11:45am and 1–1:45pm.

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Due to popular demand the story time sessions have returned after the success of those that took place last year. Jonah and the Whale has been chosen as the first story of the year along with a number of other sea creature stories, which will be read out on the day. There will also be an opportunity for children to meet some cuddly sea creatures and make a colourful fish decoration to take home with them.

This is a wonderful opportunity for young children to learn more about the under-sea world and biblical stories, and our stunning Lincoln Cathedral is the perfect setting for them to enhance their learning. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

There’s no need to book, so feel free to turn up on the day. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Volunteer graffiti hunters wanted!

We are offering people the unique opportunity to be part of a group that hunts and records historic graffiti inscribed on the stone surfaces inside the magnificent Cathedral.

We are calling for volunteers to undertake a day of training to become an official graffiti hunter and to get involved with our research to uncover and record the many markings found around the building to decipher their meanings and stories.

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Participants can choose from two graffiti hunter training days which are on Thursday 18 January or Saturday 27 January from 10am-4:30pm and are held at the Connected Office 27 Minster Yard. Following the one day of training the volunteers will take part in one day of graffiti hunting and recording in the Cathedral. The result will be to give a concise record of the Cathedrals graffiti and the information may be used in guided tours and exhibitions.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn to find, photograph and record graffiti inside Lincoln Cathedral. Participants will gain new knowledge of an often-overlooked aspect of Lincolnshire’s heritage, which we are keen to unveil to our visitors.

Some of the graffiti we are already aware of dates back to medieval times but with such a vast Cathedral, who knows how much more graffiti there is to be discovered and to better understood. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to support the Cathedral, learn a new skill and be involved in this unique research project, the findings of which will be used to the delight of many visitors to come.

To volunteer to take part in the scheme contact the Lincoln Cathedral graffiti project leader at lagerbp@btinternet.com

Restoration works have started on the Cathedral

The first phase in a long line of restoration and renovation works to the Cathedral has begun, as we aim to radically improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience by offering more engaging and dynamic spaces.

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The first phase of restoration works include repair work to the north Cloister wall and internationally important Romanesque Frieze.

For those who have been inside the Cathedral, the north Cloister wall forms the outer part of the Wren Library and is undergoing substantial piecing in of new stone and the removal of iron ties to the north and west wall. The Cloister wall is due for completion in September this year.

In July of this year, we will also begin work on the south Romanesque Frieze. The Frieze has been covered since the late 1980s for preservation due to the disintegration of the attached gothic sculptures. We are using the funding from our project so careful conservation work of the now delicate carvings can begin, which date back from approximately 1123-1148.

Following our successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, I am really excited to finally see the restoration works our Cathedral so desperately needs starting to take place. The restoration of the Cloister wall and the Romanesque Frieze is just the beginning of five years of important works to the Cathedral.

Replicas of the carvings on the south Romanesque Frieze, which show biblical scenes including Daniel in the lions’ den and Noah building of the Ark will be created and put on display in the new visitor centre, which is being built as part of our Connected project and will be complete in 2020.