Work has started on the long-awaited conservation phase of our Divine Beauty project. Over the next few months, our four remarkable Burne-Jones windows will undergo extensive cleaning and repair work to restore and preserve them for future generations to enjoy.
Scaffolding will be in place both inside and outside the cathedral until later this autumn. This will enable the majority of the work to be undertaken on-site – in view of visitors to the cathedral. In order for this work to be undertaken safely, hoarding will remain in place around a significant area outside the cathedral at both ends. There will therefore be some restrictions to the pedestrian routes through Cathedral Square.
Scaffolding and hoarding locations
At the east end of the cathedral, this will mean a narrowing one of the main walkways between Birmingham Snow Hill station and the city centre. This area may become busy at times, although the area will remain open. In late April, the hoarding at the east end of the cathedral will be used by local artist Joe Miles,. Joe will produce a unique interpretation the windows for all to enjoy.
At the west end of the cathedral, outside the main entrance and tower, hoarding will be in place under the last judgement window. This will mean that some events that take place in Cathedral Square, may need to relocate. Access to the Bishop Gore statue will not be impacted.
This summer, there will then be an extensive program of activities and events for visitors. Special tours will also help visitors to engage with and learn more about our treasures and their heritage. Follow our @DivineBeautyBhm social media channels for the latest updates.
If you have any concerns or feedback about the impact of this work, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Divine Beauty is generously supported by National Lottery players, via The National Lottery Heritage Fund.