The story of Beverley’s history as a place of sanctuary for over 1,000 years is to be told afresh for everyone. Using  the latest methods of storytelling, through traditional and digital display elements, the story will appeal to a wide  audience and attract new visitors to the Minster.


We plan to tell the story of Beverley Minster, place of sanctuary by working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to broaden the scope of the project’s learning and volunteering opportunities and project activities in order to engage with a more diverse audience. The aims are to:

  • Work with Learning & Engagement Officer, Ali Bodley, to develop and deliver a range of learning focused activities designed to engage a wide and diverse audience.
  • Create and install an exhibition/display (with digital aspects) focusing on the historic story of sanctuary in Beverley and the Minster led by Louise Hampson from the Centre for the study of Christianity and Culture (York).
  • Recruit and train additional volunteers to be welcomers and tour guides in order to increase the number of Minster tours.
  • Install interpretation boards within the roof area providing information about the roof construction and ongoing restoration.
  • Facilitate heritage craft workshops (including leadwork, glazing and stonemasonry).
  • Develop an outdoor sanctuary area as a peaceful space for reflection.
  • Deliver a programme of sanctuary-themed cultural and heritage events (including talks, concerts and art exhibitions).
  • Create a new Sanctuary website within the Minster’s website.
  • Update and publish a new edition of our Sanctuary Book to include the Minster’s history of sanctuary.
  • Build upon the Minster’s existing relationship with charities involved in working with people seeking sanctuary so as to engage them with the project’s activities, learning and volunteering opportunities.

‘Telling the story’ is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Friends of Beverley Minster.

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