York Minster undercroft on course to open by summer

The Dean of York, The Very Rev Vivienne Faull, left, and Coun Sonja Crisp, view the ongoing work in the Undercroft at York Minster

Archaeologists at work in the undercroft

First published in News

THE secrets of York Minster’s underground chambers are part of a new exhibition planned for this summer, writes Sean Heggarty.

The transformation of the Minster’s undercroft is part of the York Minster Revealed project.

When complete, the work will feature new audiovisual and interactive galleries revealing the significance behind the cathedral’s most treasured artefacts, which will go on display to the public from May 25.

Multi-media galleries, new displays of historic collections and interactive interpretation will also be on view to visitors.

At the same time, improved access to the South Transept, undercroft, treasury and crypt will transform the experience of visiting the Minster.

The Dean of York, the Very Rev Vivienne Faull, said: “This marks a very exciting time for York Minster and we are delighted to be working with City of York Council, putting York on an international tourist map through high-quality investment and expanding learning opportunities for visitors and residents alike.”

Due for completion in 2016, York Minster Revealed is the largest restoration and conservation project of its kind in the UK and has been supported with £10.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, while the rest of the £20m needed has been raised by the Minster.

Coun Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “This is an exciting time for residents and tourists, taking them on a journey of York Minster’s past, present and future.”

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2:31pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Woody G Mellor says...

Really looking forward to seeing it when finished. It will also be a very suitable place for King Richard III when he returns home.
Really looking forward to seeing it when finished. It will also be a very suitable place for King Richard III when he returns home. Woody G Mellor
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7:27pm Wed 27 Feb 13

the butler says...

Alas poor yorick your wait is not yet over, your bones will have to remain in Leicester till another day
Alas poor yorick your wait is not yet over, your bones will have to remain in Leicester till another day the butler
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4:30am Fri 1 Mar 13

Magicman! says...

hurry up and finish the road outside the minster so as to re-establish the broken connection on the cycling equivalent of Low Ousegate.
hurry up and finish the road outside the minster so as to re-establish the broken connection on the cycling equivalent of Low Ousegate. Magicman!
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