Archivist joins the People’s Cathedral Team


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A new archivist has been appointed to manage the wealth of new archive material which has been generated by the People’s Cathedral Project.

They join us to oversee the latest additions to Guildford Cathedral’s archive, which include some significant, previously unpublished material which sheds new light on the creation of this iconic grade II* listed building.

They will work to catalogue and electronically digitise key elements of the collection, which encompasses correspondence, architectural plans, photographs, CDs, videos/DVDs and registers relating to the Cathedral since its inception, dating from the 1920’s to the present day.

The archive is a valuable resource charting the building of the Cathedral, illustrating its various uses and documenting its historical context.

With 140 boxes and 53 folders of assorted items and artefacts, highlights from the collection include:-

  • 54 plans and drawings of the Cathedral including some Maufe originals.
  • 28 small sculptures by Vernon Hill given to the Cathedral by his widow, 4 of which are permanently displayed in the Library.
  • A collection of drawings of churches by Dr John Clark, who made the two maps of the Diocese, the first in the north ambulatory and the second in the Treasury.
  • A range of Kneeler patterns, display boards and a full collection of photographic notes.
  • The Royal Cushions used by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during the consecration and again during her visit for the Golden Jubilee in 2011.
  • A register over a 6 month period listing some of the 200,000 brick-givers.
  • 23 folders of photographs on the building of the Cathedral and other subjects consisting of approximately 650+ photographs.
  • 23 folders of secondary photographs, including approximately 300 photographs of artwork.

The Archives are currently stored above the Lady Chapel.