SEE US IN A NEW LIGHT
What Does Newcastle Cathedral Mean To Our Newer Staff Members?
In 2018, shortly after our Common Ground in Sacred Space heritage project had been given the green light, we asked various people connected to the building: ‘What Does Newcastle Cathedral Mean To You?’.
Their responses were brought together in this short film:
In the intervening three years, a lot has happened. Our capital works are now almost complete and the Cathedral is set to finally reopen in summer 2021, despite some delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There have also been some new additions to the team, with fresh faces in terms of clergy, staff and volunteers.
Here, we ask some of our newer arrivals what Newcastle Cathedral means to them, and catch up with what they’re currently working on…
Rachael, Learning & Activities Officer (joined in 2019):
“At the moment, I find the Cathedral a place of excitement, nervousness, wonder and anticipation.
“As we get closer and closer to relaunching with a whole range of new experiences for schools, families, local communities and visitors from further afield, I spend my time planning for and imagining what our Cathedral will look like in a couple of months when the building work is complete, and we open our doors to welcome visitors to come in and explore, learn, create, play, chat, rest, eat, sing and worship.”
Do you enjoy working with children and young people and helping them learn? Would you like to gain experience supporting engagement with schools? Rachael is currently looking for Learning & Schools Engagement Volunteers to join her team. Click here for more information and to find out how to apply.
Lucy, Volunteer Coordinator (joined in 2019):
“It’s a place full of childhood memories, where my 9 and 49-year-old self come together – gazing in awe at this majestic building and its treasures. It’s finding a sense of purpose where my professional experience and sense of spiritual calling combine.
“It’s a place where my personal values and passion for radical welcome and inclusion are not only shared by those I work with, but are lived out day after day. It is so much more than a place of work and an immense privilege to be part of!”
Do you enjoy meeting people? Or maybe you have a passion for history and a desire to share that passion with others. Lucy is hoping to bring on board a number of new Cathedral Tour Guides, Cathedral Welcomers and Cathedral Retail Volunteers.
Alina, Learning Officer (joined in 2020):
“For many years I walked past the Cathedral not daring to enter. I was in awe of this beautiful building but was unsure whether I would be allowed to go inside.
“Then last year the right job came at the right time – combining my loves of learning and heritage. Despite the hoardings and lack of floor this beautiful building took my breath away. Whether you are religious or not this space impacts your senses. It has a beautiful calmness and stillness about it that help you escape once you are inside.
“Every day I discover a new story, a new example of craftsmanship or view. This building grows as the city changes and develops over time and I hope it’s here for many years to come.”
If you have a passion for history and a head for heights, you can help Alina by becoming a Lantern Tower Tour Guide. She and Rachael are also interested in finding new Family Engagement Volunteers who’ll help to make families feel welcomed, accepted and inspired.
Newcastle Cathedral’s National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Common Ground in Sacred Space is due for completion in summer 2021.
Visit our Volunteering Portal to find out all about the latest roles we have available.