Cathedrals and the Movies

15th July 2022

Following the success of Crowns & Gowns I, this follow-up exhibition showcases more costumes and jewels from major movies and TV, filmed on location in some of the UK’s most notable cathedrals.

Over 20 film costumes from the world of film have gone on show in Ely Cathedral this summer.

The exhibition can be seen in Ely’s majestic Lady Chapel until mid-August and showcases iconic dresses and outfits from well-known productions including The Young Victoria, Wolf Hall, The Spanish Princess, The Other Boleyn Girl, The King’s Speech, Macbeth and The Crown.

Joss Palmer, Event Manager at Ely Cathedral said:

“We have been very fortunate to have Ely used as a location numerous times.  Several other UK Cathedrals such as Wells, Lincoln, Gloucester and York Minster have also provided authentic and truly stunning locations for the film industry. 

“These films contribute greatly to the profile of our majestic Cathedrals both as places of worship and heritage sites which we hope to acknowledge and celebrate in this exhibition.”

Crowns & Gowns II runs from 30 June until 11 August. It is open every day from 10 (Mon-Sat) and from 12.30 (Sun)and is included in the Cathedral admission ticket.  On Sundays, when there are no visitor charges for the Cathedral, there will be a £4 entry fee to access the Lady Chapel where the exhibition will be located. Visitors are asked to check the website for any changes in opening times and ticket details.

Image – Ely Cathedral featuring in  ‘The Crown’ (Credit Alex Bailey)