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Online panel discussion events announced

This April, Newcastle Cathedral will be delivering two exclusive online panel discussion events, exploring the research, work and people behind our monumental regeneration project, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The events are hosted on a Pay As You Feel basis (with a mandatory fee of £1 to attend). We would be very grateful if you are in a position to donate more; a minimum donation of £5 is recommended as a guide.

After each of these events, there will be a chance to quiz our panel of experts further, so please have your questions ready!

Turning a Dream into Reality
Wednesday 7 April, 6:30-8pm via Zoom

This heritage project has been many years in the planning. At this virtual event, some of the key individuals involved will provide the history and detail of this fascinating re-modelling project

Speakers
Jane Kennedy, Cathedral Architect, will talk about the development of the project, and how re-shaping the space in consultation with congregation, clergy, advisory bodies and the community was an important part of her vision.
Dave Heslop, Cathedral Archaeologist, explores the evolving face of this building over the last 900 years and the focus of the restoration and remodelling, including over 150 ledger stones. What stories were important to capture? What was the essence of the project from an archaeological perspective?
The Very Revd Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle, will talk about the genesis of the project and the importance of enhancing a spiritual space for the 21st century and how this influenced the heritage vision.

We are delighted that Sarah Stewart OBE, former Chief Executive of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative and currently High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, will be running proceedings and digging deeper with the expert panel.


Protecting our Regional Treasures
Wednesday 28 April, 6:30-8pm via Zoom

Lindy Gilliland, the Cathedral’s Common Ground in Sacred Space Project Manager, explains how the project has been delivered in light of the pandemic; the challenges and surprises, and how important it is to protect this important historic building at the heart of Newcastle’s heritage.

Speakers
Anthony Short, Site Foreman at Historic Property Restoration Ltd, will talk about the skills and problem solving needed on this very special project – from moving over 150 one tonne ledger stones to laying a complex network of underground heating.
Dr David Carrington, Founder and Managing Director at Skillington Workshop, will highlight some of the delicate conservation work that has been carried out on artefacts such as the 14th century ‘Unknown Knight’ effigy and the Cathedral’s numerous military memorials.
Dan Rose, Designer and Director at Raskl Limited based in Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, explains the ideas behind his company’s designs for a new altar, ambo and choir stalls: furniture for the future that also celebrates the Cathedral’s rich history.

Lindy will chat with some of these key partners who helped to solve some of the issues and protect the Cathedral’s treasured 900-year-old history.


You may also be interested in making a submission towards the Cathedral’s time capsule, which is being buried this summer to mark our historic transformation.

We’re looking for unique and creative objects, items and creative works that capture the spirit and diversity of our city. Click here to find out more.