British Empire medal for Wendy Daws!


Wendy Daws has had a close working relationship with Rochester Cathedral for many years. The relationship began when we commissioned her to create a tactile representation of our unique fresco. Wendy has run various workshops for adults and children in the cathedral and the cathedral has hosted several exhibitions created by Wendy and the groups she works with. We are delighted that she has been awarded a BEM for her outstanding work.


Crypt Treasury Exhibition – Glass screens

The glass screens of the Crypt Treasury exhibition are emblazoned with artwork produced by adults from the Kent autistic Trust, Shared Lives and mcch with Wendy Daws supported by the National Lottery Heritage Lottery fund. The individual designs were placed on the screen in a motif which reflects the rolling shape of the River Medway.

You can watch Wendy and Xtina creating this wonderful community project on our time lapse video: 

Beyond Divine Light - An exhibition of cathedral photography

Rochester Cathedral is delighted to announce an upcoming exhibition in our Crypt.  Photographer Clive Tanner will be exhibiting a number of his photographs of English Cathedrals in May.

Beyond Divine Light is a journey around England visiting some of the great cathedrals; showing architectural and memorial details in stone, wood, textile and glass. This exhibition features the photographs of Clive Tanner, taken over the past twenty-five years and shows some of the details that might be missed at first viewing.

An enthusiastic club photographer, Clive has achieved the highest distinctions awarded by Royal Photographic Society and Photographic Alliance of Great Britain; his pictures are frequently accepted by international salons and exhibitions.

Beyond Divine Light will run in May in the Rochester Cathedral Crypt and will be free of charge to visit. 


New Bishop of Tonbrige

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Simon Burton-Jones to be the next Suffragan Bishop of Tonbridge in the Diocese of Rochester, 10 Downing Street has announced. He currently serves as Archdeacon of Rochester and Canon Residentiary at Rochester Cathedral.  For the rest of the article on the Diocesan website, see here.

The Dean, Chapter & Staff of Rochester Cathedral will be sad to see Simon go, but are delighted for him.

Stunning 70,273 display!

Rochester Cathedral is privileged to be hosting South East England’s contribution to this amazing international project commemorating the 70,273 women, men and children who lost their lives as part of the Aktion T4 programme between January 1940 and August 1941.

In the words of Lucy Horner, exhibition co-ordinator, the project is, “a mass petition for love and humanity, being signed in stitches from people all over the world.”

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