Monday, 20 June 2011

Event - 1,000 years of minster history (Southwell)

The day in November, 1711, when Southwell Minster was struck by lightning and the roof was destroyed is just one of the events charted in a history of the cathedral that is on display.

An exhibition, called Southwell Minster: Chapter, County And Country, tells the story of the governing body of the minster, known as the Chapter, and its relations with the local community and wider world.

The story is told through a series of illustrated panels covering more than 1,000 years, from the minster’s earliest beginnings as a Medieval collegiate church with its 16 prebendaries set up in 1291, through the turbulent years of the Reformation and up to the present day as the mother church of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

The Dean, the Very Rev John Guille, said: “We are very excited to have this material on display.

“It will be fascinating for visitors to see how the history of the cathedral is interwoven with national events and characters from the past.”

The exhibition has been arranged by a small committee that has been researching and preparing the material for the past three years.

It also highlights buildings associated with the minster

The exhibition will run until July 11.

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