As Part of the ongoing People’s Cathedral Project at Guildford Cathedral we have been busy working on improving access to our Archive Collections.
We have been squirrelling away in the archive stores sorting, listing, appraising, organising and cataloguing our collections meaning they will be easier to search for researchers and members of the public as well as easier for members of staff to find and retrieve documents.
We have also been focusing on digitising key parts of our Collections and we are pleased to announce that another collection has now been fully catalogued and digitised for you to view.
As part of our work in the Archive we have discovered some recently unknown patterns for our Alms Bags. Much like the patterns for our kneelers, these were produced prior to the Alms Bags being made and as such are a fascinating insight into just what goes in to making an item that is often taken for granted.
The fascinating thing about these patterns is that many of them have been signed or initialled by the Cathedral Architect Sir Edward Maufe. This demonostrates the amount of involvement Sir Edward had in all the design elements of Guildford Cathedral, right down to the very smallest of features – an alms bag.
If you wish to explore this exciting collection further then please do head to our Archive Catalogue where you will be able to find more information about the designs and also to see more images.