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Southwell Minster Cathedral 140 Exhibition to explore medieval life and worship in April





A cathedral is set to step back in time to the medieval period to explore life and worship, as part of a year-long exhibition.

Southwell Minster this year celebrates 140 years since it was granted cathedral status, and is celebrating with an exhibition showcasing 140 objects over 10 months, from February to November 2024.

In April, the exhibition will focus the medieval period, to explore what life was like for people at that time.

Stained glass will be part of the exhibition.
Stained glass will be part of the exhibition.

The Minster would have been filled with painted walls and windows, lit by candlelight, services would be in Latin and people would have worshipped from dawn to dusk.

The fourteen objects on display next month will include a medieval water jug, an arrow head, a drinking horn, mouth harp, a headless cleric and a toy king and much more, allowing visitors to get a taste of medieval life.

The Headless Cleric.
The Headless Cleric.
Southwell Minster is celebrating 140 years since it became a cathedral.
Southwell Minster is celebrating 140 years since it became a cathedral.

It follows March’s exploration of the Norman church building, and February’s display on the minster’s foundation story and Roman heritage.

A medieval drinking horn will be on display.
A medieval drinking horn will be on display.
An arrow head is to be among the items on display.
An arrow head is to be among the items on display.
Southwell Minster is celebrating 140 years of Cathedral status.
Southwell Minster is celebrating 140 years of Cathedral status.

Each object in the Cathedral 140 Exhibition reveals a different part of the Minster’s story and the history of the cathedral, gardens and palace.



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