Glimpse inside Lincoln Cathedral’s historic Old Deanery

Old Deanery (new visitor centre) in snow CGI

We are hosting a free fun-packed event for all the family during Lincoln Christmas Market.

Christmas at the Old Deanery, which will take place on the 8 and 9 December from 10am – 4.30pm, will give people rare access into one of the historic buildings in the Cathedral’s grounds before it is transformed into a new visitor centre, as well as the opportunity to take part in a number of free festive activities.

The Old Deanery on Eastgate, will be transformed into the new visitor centre as part of the Connected project. This event is the last opportunity for people to have a look around and see the plans before we reveal the new centre in 2020.

During Christmas at the Old Deanery, visitors will be transported back to the Medieval Deanery that once stood in its place with medieval-themed demonstrations and activities throughout. These include medieval musicians de Mowbray’s Musicke, a demonstration of traditional manuscript art by the Cathedral’s Illuminator Toni Watts, Derek Tindell with his magnificent Birds of Prey and Janet Reade of historic caterers Forgotten Fare.

Using Google technology to bring the long-lost buildings back to life, visitors of all ages can experience an amazing 360-degree virtual tour of both the Medieval Works Chantry and Medieval Deanery and take a peek into the Cathedral’s medieval past with some of the locally discovered artefacts out on display, all made possible by Pighill Illustrations and Allen Archaeology.

Other activities include creating Wreaths and decorating Gingerbread to eat or take home. Visitors can listen to stories with a Christmas theme around the tree, sing songs and make a simple decoration to take home. There are four story times to choose from: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on both days.

It will be a great event to get into the Christmas spirit and as a family enjoy some child-friendly activities in an incredible setting. We want as many people as possible to join us.

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Bringing lost Lincoln to life

Myself and the Connected team are pleased to announce that works have begun on the creation of a Google 3D virtual model which will bring to life a number of medieval buildings that once surrounded the Cathedral.   

Lincoln Cathedral Connected Old Deanery

The Old Deanery and Works Chantry, which hundreds of years ago used to stand where the existing Deanery building is today to the north of the Cathedral, are going to be recreated by using 18th and 19th century drawings and plans produced by artists and historians.

We will be revealing the interpretation artwork in June this year. The model will allow you to ‘stand’ in a virtual courtyard and see 360 degree panoramic views of the two medieval buildings and can be accessed via Google Maps on a PC, laptop, IPad or smartphones.

We have commissioned this project to celebrate the rich history of the Cathedral and its surrounds and to show our local community and visitors how the area once looked in its medieval heyday.

I would like to thank Pighill Archaeological Illustration and Lincoln-based firm Allen Archaeology Ltd who are developing the 3D modelling.

Through this artwork people will be able to explore not seen before imagery of the courtyard to the north of the Cathedral that was once packed with buildings, archways and gates.

This innovative virtual reconstruction, which will be based on real objects and artist impressions from the 19th century, as well as documentary evidence and archaeological discoveries we have made over the years, is just one of the many projects we are working on which aims to engage the local people and visitors from further afield in the vibrant history of this wonderful building.

Nothing like this has been done in the Cathedral Close before and we’re very excited for the interpretation to be revealed this summer.