2020s Development Films

Watch our collection of short films about the fascinating heritage conservation and archaeological work taking place at Exeter Cathedral.


October 2020
The Cloisters Gallery Archaeological Investigation 

Find out what was discovered at an archaeological dig in the Cloisters Garden of Exeter Cathedral. The investigation, at a site of significant historical interest, was commissioned to uncover early structures that will guide the design of a proposed new Cloister Gallery. With special thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Allchurches Trust and Packexe for supporting this project.

February 2021
The Chapter House Ceiling

Cathedral archaeologist John Allan joins restoration expert Hugh Harrison and apprentice Dan Stewart as they inspect Exeter Cathedral’s 15th century Chapter House ceiling. With special thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Dulverton Trust, and Laing Family Trusts for supporting this project.

April 2021
Exeter Cathedral’s East End Archaeological Investigation

Cathedral archaeologist John Allan reveals the latest phase of exciting archaeological investigation work in the east end of Exeter Cathedral, and talks about the history of its stunning floor tiles. With special thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Lottery players throughout the country, for supporting this project.

June 2021
How Exeter Cathedral Preserved its Medieval Windows 

Learn about the centuries-old materials and techniques used to conserve Exeter Cathedral’s 700-year-old stained glass windows. The windows in the Cathedral’s east end had suffered extensive deterioration from centuries of wet weather. This repeated exposure to moisture had begun to erode the glass, while the leadwork had bowed and distorted, leaving the future of the windows in jeopardy. This essential conservation work was carried out by stained glass conservators Holy Well Glass. It was made possible thanks to generous support from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, part of the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, administered by Historic England and the Church of England’s Archbishop’s Council, along with additional support from The Friends of Exeter Cathedral charity.

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