Ceiling is Believing at Peterborough Cathedral

Wednesday 17 March

Peterborough Cathedral tour guide Mark Short is to give an introduction to our magnificent medieval nave ceiling, focussing on its miraculous survival across the centuries.

The 13th century centrepiece of the main nave features a rich tapestry of historic characters set alongside eccentric and unexpected imagery.

Mark's 40-minute presentation on Thursday 22nd April at 7.30pm and repeated on Saturday 24th April at 4pm is one of a number of talks that are being staged by the cathedral during the Covid pandemic. The talk will be followed by an opportunity for ticket-holders to ask questions.

Mark will drill down into how the UK's oldest surviving wooden ceiling of its age escaped the ravages of the Civil War, the overhead threat of the German Luftwaffe as well as the infamous 21st century fire.

The 210-foot long structure, constructed with the finest German Oak and completed around 1250, remains one of the most intriguing achievements of medieval artistry.

"It's going to be a pleasure to share my enthusiasm for a special part of our wonderful building that always seems to capture the imagination of our visitors when they first come inside this place", said Mark. "It's unique and it's in remarkable condition thanks to a concerted amount of careful restoration and enables us to rejoice in it."


Tickets are £5 per viewing.

  • Thursday 22nd April at 7.30pm - BOOK NOW

  • Saturday 24th April at 4.00pm - BOOK NOW

A Zoom link to the talk on date you choose will be sent to ticket holders just before the event.

NB: Information for Ticket Purchasers.

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