Our Canterbury Journey has come a long way…

Our Canterbury Journey has come a long way...

Project update : The Canterbury Journey

We are delighted to share an update and some new photos of our exciting ongoing exhibition fit-out as part of The Canterbury Journey at Canterbury Cathedral; an ancient Grade 1 listed building which is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site and sits on a religious site with over 1,400 years of history.

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Delivery of The Canterbury Journey project began in 2016 and will achieve a radical transformation in the accessibility and sustainability of Canterbury Cathedral. It will safeguard an iconic building which embodies England’s story, increase the number and broaden the range of those who journey to it, and enrich their experience.

The project features a new Visitor Centre with a free Viewing Gallery of one of Europe’s most important churches and a dedicated Community Studio. New trails will guide visitors through the Cathedral and its newly landscaped Precincts, interpreting their journey and revealing unseen treasures from Canterbury’s past. New, young, diverse and hard-to-reach audiences will join the journey as a programme of engagement and outreach to schools and communities unfolds. A new pass scheme will swell the company of contemporary visitors and deepen the Cathedral’s relationship with its neighbours. The fabric of the western end of the Cathedral, currently endangered, will be restored and enhanced, allowing Canterbury’s journey to continue.

The stunning Visitor Centre is now complete, including Graphic displays, AV screens and striking backlit lightbox displays of paintings and illustrations of the Cathedral. As Principal Contractor of the exhibition spaces, we have the privilege of delivering the new permanent public displays to showcase and share with new generations some of the exquisite, often rarely seen objects from the Cathedral’s historic collections.

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Working in historic buildings comes hand-in-hand with being a leading exhibition fit-out specialist in the Museum & Heritage sector. Our full completed works to date at Canterbury Cathedral have included a complex fit-out of Interactives, Setworks, conservation grade Display cases, AV displays and Graphics to the new Visitor Centre and Water Tower spaces, plus the fit-out of spaces around the new Cathedral Shop. Our work is ongoing to The Crypt, where we are delivering more exhibition space recounting the fascinating story of the Cathedral’s history via Graphics, AV, Electrical & Lighting, Interactives and Display cases. All of our work has been undertaken with careful protection of the original building fabric, some of which dates back to Norman times.

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It has been a huge pleasure for our team to work on this project, building on our existing relationships with Artelia and Event Communications, and creating successful new connections with the wonderful team at Canterbury Cathedral.

The essential work is possible thanks to a major grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Chapter of Canterbury, and funds raised by the Canterbury Cathedral Trust, from The Friends and many other private and charitable sources in the UK and USA.

Go to https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/heritage/the-canterbury-journey/ to find out more about the Canterbury Journey project.