Derby Cathedral’s Bakewell Screen is to feature in a new campaign showcasing the treasures and glories of Britain’s Cathedrals.

Written on 21/11/2022

It will sit alongside an Anglo Saxon portable sundial, the Magna Carta, a pair of 15th century pilgrim boots, a pre-Raphaelite painted altarpiece and the first Bible in the Welsh Language – just some of the 50 remarkable artefacts cared for and preserved by cathedrals in England and Wales that will feature in a special social media campaign by the Association of English Cathedrals (AEC) based on a new publication Deans’ Choice: Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales.

The Association of English Cathedrals #CathedralTreasures campaign for Advent and Christmas is based on the latest volume by Janet Gough, OBE, author, lecturer and advisor on historic churches and cathedrals, which tells the story of the treasures from 44 Church of England cathedrals and six cathedrals from the Church in Wales, each one chosen by the Dean or senior clergy of the cathedral featured.

The campaign will launch on Tuesday 22nd November with one treasure revealed every day for 50 days and ending with the launch of a competition to name Britain’s favourite cathedral treasure on January 11, to coincide with Heritage Fund’s Heritage Treasures Day.

Our treasure, the Bakewell Screen will be revealed on Thursday 24th November and we need your likes and shares to get it in the top ten for Britain’s favourite!

The more likes and engagement each treasure gets each day will count towards its popularity for the final competition to find Britain’s favourite cathedral treasure from the top ten most “liked” treasures.

The  campaign, #CathedralTreasures will pop up across all Association of English Cathedrals platforms, TwitterFacebookInstagram and can be found in a specially curated gallery on the website.

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 is use today, to the newest, the Newport Cathedral Rood. This modern work of art by Singaporean artist Tay Swee Siong, was installed in 2020, at the end of the first national lockdown, and is made from wire, and hangs near where the medieval rood would have been.

 Deans’ Choice: Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales – priced £14.95 can be purchased at the Derby Cathedral Christmas Fayre on Saturday 3rd December (10:00-14:00) or online at:

www.cpo.org.uk/cathedral-treasures-shop.

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