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Durham Cathedral’s multi-million-pound exhibition finally opens its doors

Durham Cathedral’s multi-million-pound exhibition finally opens its doors

  • Posted on 25th July 2016
  • Category: General

The much-anticipated Open Treasure project at Durham Cathedral, which has been three years in the making, opened to the public on Saturday 23 July.

As part of the £10m project to create the stunning new exhibition space in medieval buildings around the Cathedral Cloister, Patrick Parsons were appointed as civil and structural engineers. The project incorporated new build elements into the space, providing enhanced visitor facilities, and involved sensitive restoration from the team.

Supported by a grant of £3.9million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the new permanent exhibition will tell the story of Durham Cathedral and its place in the development of Christianity in the North East of England.

To mark the occasion, the final brick will be added to the scale replica of the historic landmark today. As one of the main sponsors of the event, Patrick Parsons Managing Director Peter Stienlet attended the laying ceremony of the first Durham Cathedral Lego brick in 2013. Now after three years and 299,999 bricks the final piece will slot into place, making it the largest Lego model ever built by the general public.

See a 360 view of the model here.