His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has accepted an invitation from the Dean and Chapter to become Patron of a new development appeal for Exeter Cathedral.
Due to be formally launched later this year, the appeal aims to raise funds for urgently needed conservation works to the East End of the Cathedral and the adjoining Chapter House.
The project, which has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, will allow visitors to enjoy some of the Cathedral’s most spectacular hidden gems for the first time. Visitors will also be able to learn more about archaeology and conservation thanks to an exciting education programme that will run alongside the works.
Support from the Prince of Wales brings a huge boost to the appeal and to the team at Exeter Cathedral. As the Very Reverend Jonathan Greener, Dean of Exeter, explains:
‘We are thrilled that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is lending his support to Exeter Cathedral. This is one of Europe’s great medieval cathedrals and the most significant building in Devon. However, it is also in great need of investment to ensure it remains sustainable, well-cared for, and fit for all our purposes in the 21st century. This is such good news, especially at this challenging time, and we are most grateful to The Prince of Wales for his encouragement.’
The appeal will be wide ranging, aiming to attract the support of all who value the Cathedral, its heritage and traditions. In addition to repairing and renovating the fabric of the Cathedral and other historic buildings in its precincts, it will improve accessibility and hospitality for a wider range of visitors, and increase an endowment fund for cathedral music.
Founded in 1050, Exeter Cathedral has long been the focal point of the city and boasts many unique heritage features. Its library and archives contain the Exon Domesday and the Exeter Book – widely considered to be oldest book of English literature in the world. This appeal is designed to ensure that everyone can appreciate the glories of the building and learn a little more about the treasures that have been passed down through the centuries.
Photo: The Prince of Wales visiting Exeter Cathedral in 2009