Conservation work completed, display cases installed, priceless historical artefacts soon to be in place: the Visitor and Learning Centre at 25 Minster Precincts is nearing completion.
On Saturday 10th September, at 2.00pm, it will open its doors to the public for the first time.
Already a few school groups have tested out the newly equipped craft and classrooms that form the Learning Centre on the top floor, and an exciting array of activities entitled Learning in Inspiring Spaces (.pdf) is ready to launch in September.
The Centre, and the conservation of the 13th century Knights’ Chamber next door as a stunning events venue, is part of “Letting it Speak for Itself”. This Peterborough 900 project, funded by a £2.4 million Heritage Lottery grant and generous donations from trusts and individuals, has been designed to increase access to the Cathedral for a wide range of visitors.
The first phase of the project saw the landscaping works to ensure level access to the main entrance of the Cathedral, and the installation of glazed doors so that people can see what is going on inside.
The Centre, which will be free of charge to enter, will enable visitors to learn more about the history and purpose of the Cathedral. It also includes an exhibition space for a changing programme of temporary exhibitions, and meeting rooms which can be hired by external organisations.
Natalie Freeman will start work as Centre Supervisor this month to ensure that all is set for the opening. She will work with Rachel Hancock, part-time Assistant at the Centre. Between them they will ensure that both the Centre and the Knights’ Chamber run smoothly. The Centre will be open to the public daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday, and from 11.00am to 4.00pm on Sundays. Do call in to say hello!
Natalie will also supervise a team of volunteers, now being recruited, who will welcome and assist visitors. This helps to fulfil another aim of the “Letting it Speak for Itself” project, which is to expand the number and range of volunteers coming forward to help at the Cathedral.
Book a meeting room
For more information about booking The Knights’ Chamber or a room at the Centre as a venue for a meeting or event, please contact Jackie Newman on 01733 355315 or email Jackie.firstname.lastname@example.org