Current Projects

The Treasury
The new Crypt Treasury opened on Saturday 24 March 2012. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and Sundays from 12.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. The treasury exhibition will trace the development of church plate over the centuries and an important exhibition of ancient books relating to the abbey of St Edmund. From mid-May the book exhibition will focus on books relating to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (in its 350th anniverary year).

Other works
Repairs to the roof of the nave of the Cathedral were completed at the end of March 2009. This £500,000 work was made possible by a grant from English Heritage of £250,000 and the gifts of other generous benefactors.The last major work on the roof was undertaken in Victorian times by the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.

The East Cloisters and the new Chapel of the Transfiguration opened in August 2008. On Friday 5 June 2009 the Archbishop of Canterbury consecrated these areas during a special service of thanksgiving and celebration.

Thanks to generous bequest a vaulted ceiling has been installed under the tower. It was completed in March 2010. In September it won the RIBA Spirit of Ingenuity Heritage Award 2010.

A major restoration programme on the Cathedral Organ began in January 2010. The new organ was played for the first time on Advent Sunday, 28 November 2010. In addition to the photo gallery on this site (see home page), and information on the Music pages, the BBC has run a feature and also have a gallery of pictures of work on the organ. Click here to see them...

On 20 December 2010 glass doors were installed at the main entrance to the Cathedral. The doors were installed in memory of the late Neil Collings, Dean Emeritus, who died in June 2010. As part of a programme to improve access to the Cathedral, the porch was altered in 2012 to enable full and equal access for all.