Online Talk: Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales at the V&A South Kensington

Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales

Event Details

  • Location: Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Address: V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
  • Start date: 02nd March 2023
  • End date: 02nd March 2023
  • Times: 19.00pm
  • Entry fee: £5

Canon Janet Gough OBE discusses her beautifully illustrated new book, presenting the fascinating treasures on display in 50 cathedrals across England and Wales.

We have used the treasures in the book to run a campaign to find Britain’s favourite treasure.

A total of 4,477 people took the time to vote for their favourite treasure from the top ten finalists in our campaign that showcased 50 remarkable treasures and glories cared for and preserved by cathedrals in England and the Church in Wales taken from the latest publication Deans’ Choice: Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales by Janet Gough, OBE, author, lecturer and advisor on historic churches and cathedrals.

The top three were:
1st, The Leaves of Southwell
2nd, The Nave Ceiling at Peterborough Cathedral
3rd, Derby Cathedral’s Bakewell Screen.

And fast on their heels and coming in very close together with just a handful of votes separating them were Ely’s Prior’s Door and the Astronomical Clock at Wells.

Together the treasures span over 1,000 years of history with the earliest treasure, Ripon Cathedral’s ancient crypt of St Wilfrid established in 672 AD, the oldest building of any English cathedral still in use today, to the newest, the Newport Cathedral Rood, a modern work of art by Singaporean artist Tay Swee Siong that was installed in 2020.

This online lecture by Janet Gough is an opportunity to find out more about these amazing treasures from the author herself.