The People at the heart of the Cathedral: Our Archive Collections grow

People’s stories and people’s connection to the Cathedral is at the heart of our HLF project – through our Oral History Project, Interpretation and work with Volunteers – this connection to the community is also true when it comes to our Archive.

Over the past few months you may have noticed much more of a presence from our People’s Cathedral Archivist on this blog and through our other Social Media channels – we want to share our heritage with the community and to engage with those who have a connection and a history with the Cathedral.

Last week we were very privileged to be contacted by someone who had just that – a family connection to the Cathedral. They had become aware of the Cathedral Archive and contacted is to see if we would be interested in any of the items that they had within their family.

Once we heard of the fascinating connection that they had with the Cathedral we were more than happy to meet them and to accept their items within the Guildford Cathedral Archives.

The Collection of Items belonged to Leslie Albert Beckingham whose stepfather, William Armstrong, was a foreman for Dove Construction who worked on the Cathedral building project. This is a fantastic personal family connection that we just loved hearing about and seeing the items they brought with them .

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The Collection also provided us with more depth of knowledge about the people who worked on the building of the Cathedral, sadly from our records in our Archives we just don’t know much about the people who were involved – we have fascinating pictures of men working on the building site but we just don’t know who these people were.


We are always looking to engage with people who have a personal connection with the Cathedral and especially if they have items which they would be interested to donate to the Cathedral Archives. Please get contact with us we would love to hear from you!