Heritage Open Day at All Saints' - Cambridge
Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture. Places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.
Many people will have seen the spire of All Saints' Church and, 150 years after its construction, it is still one of the tallest buildings in Cambridge. The simple wooden door opens into a dramatic blast of colour and pattern, and a triumph of Victorian art and design reveals itself. Light gleams through stained-glass windows, designed by leading Arts and Crafts artists, such as William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown.
We will be celebrating all the wonderful art and design in the church, including the wall decoration, stained glass, textiles and organ. We will also be exploring the fascinating stories of the men and women who built and shaped All Saints' through the centuries.
The church will be open between 10am-5pm for visiting, and regular tours and talks will be given throughout the day, including:
14.30: an illustrated talk on the original 19th-century textiles, led by Margaret Waring (Member of the Embroiderer's Guild and Volunteer Researcher of the textiles at All Saints')
16.00: introductory talk and organ recital by Anne Page (custodian of the Forster & Andrew's organ at All Saints').
- Guided and self-guided tours of the church to include the interior decoration, stained glass and vestry
- History Zone, focussing on the Incredible Women of our Douglas Strachan 'Womanhood' window (soon to be featured in the Historic England exhibition in London). Also featured will be the year 1864 when All Saints' first opened for services.
- Children's Activity sheet and Explorer Quiz
- Refreshments available (1864 being the year that the first tea houses opened in England), with cakes/biscuits popular during Victoria's reign
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