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The Dean and Chapter welcome you most warmly to Lichfield Cathedral  and are pleased to invite you to participate with the community here in our celebration of this Great Week.

This is for Christians the most important week of the year and we would like to share with you our programme of worship and events-the details of which are contained in our Holy Week booklet.

Printed copies of our Holy Week Booklet are now available in the Cathedral, or you can download your copy here.

Entrance to our services is free of charge but donations are most welcome. 

It is important to note that booking is essential for the Easter Liturgy Breakfast and the Agape Supper-full details of these events and booking forms are contained within the Holy Week Booklet.

Visitor Information:  The Cathedral will be closed to the visiting general public on Good Friday between the hours of 11.40 and 15.15. This is because the solemn Good Friday service will be taking place. 

We ask everyone to respect this special day and only enter the Cathedral if they intend to take part in the Good Friday service and we thank you for you co-operation.

Have you got a head for heights? Would you like to be one of the first members of the public since 2010 to make the steep climb up the steps of the Great Central Tower at Lichfield Cathedral?  

If so, our famous Tower Tours are back at Lichfield Cathedral from Monday 21 April 2014 (Easter Monday). 

Bring along the family for an amazing ‘white knuckle’ experience and once you make it to the top you can enjoy a spectacular birds-eye view of the city of Lichfield and beyond!  

As you make your ascent you can marvel at the internal architecture of the Cathedral, and participate in the interactive ‘Tower Education Zone’ located high above the floor of the Cathedral, half way up the Central Tower.

Read more: Breath-taking Tower Tours Are Back!

Holy Writ: Modern Jewish, Christian and Islamic Calligraphy is a major exhibition in Lichfield Cathedral from 26 April to 15 June 2014, displaying work by contemporary calligraphers and lettering artists who, whilst working in the tradition of the three Abrahamic faiths, use modern techniques and ideas to convey the written work.  

The exhibition includes sculpture, woodcarving, digital animation and textile art, as well as two-dimensional work.

Leading calligraphers are creating work specifically for the exhibition and some work will be borrowed from the British Museum.  Historical context will be provided by the Cathedrals own St Chad's Gospels and by ancient Jewish and Islamic documents from the British Library.

A programme of lectures, discussions and practical workshops, with activities appropriate to all ages and levels of interest, will accompany the exhibition, download the leaflet for more information.

Read more: Holy Writ Exhibition 2014

An exhibition by Iain McKillop for Lent - 5 March -27 April 2014

This major new series of life-size paintings by Iain McKillop is a form of visual prayer, contemplating the themes of hope and salvation.  It developed as a response to the pain and struggle of so many innocents who suffer as a result of war.  Inspired by a visit to Wurzburg, re-built after devastating air-raids, the paintings take visual inspiration from the art of the city: Tilman Riemenschneider, Johann Wagner, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and also German Expressionism.  Conceived over several years the images encourage us to pray for the forgiveness, inner peace and world integrity which Jesus gave his life to achieve.

Iain’s work can be seen on his website:

The exhibition for Lent 2014 is a series of stations, encouraging us to make a pilgrimage around the Cathedral to contemplate and pray.  It consists of 21 paintings: ‘Gethsemane’, paintings exploring

Christ’s inner struggle, responding to the needs of the world, The Seven Last Words from the Cross and Christ’s Resurrection appearances.  The Seven Last Words were first used as part of the Liturgy of the Passion in Iain’s own Surrey church on Good Friday last year.  In gestation for several years, the Lichfield exhibition brings together he completed works for the first time.  

As part of the forthcoming Holy Writ exhibition, rabbi Dr Dan Cohn-Sherbok has been invited to give a lecture, followed by discussion at Lichfield Cathedral on 29 May at 13.15-his subject is "How Jews read the Bible"

This timely lecture will take place shortly after the publication of his book "Why can't they get along?: A conversation between a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian" co-authored with George D. Chryssides and Dawoud El-Alami. The book, published by Lion Hudson on 18 April 2014, is a profoundly helpful and timely book.


Read more: Holy Writ Lecture by Rabbi Dr Dan Cohn-Sherbok

Presented by Lord Cormack DL, FSA

On Thursday 1 May 2014, 19:30

Lady Ann Fender was a key member of Lichfield Cathedral Council, its Fundraising Coordination Group and champion of the Herkenrode Glass. Ann worked tirelessly to bring Lichfield Cathedral, and its remarkable architecture and treasures to public attention. one of the projects she initiated was the production of a DVD: The race to Save the Herkenrode Glass-with Michael Wood.  As a tribute to her unique and inspirational role the Cathedral is pleased to be hosting this Inaugural Lecture of what is to become a biennial event.  

Read more: 2014 Inaugural Ann Fender Memorial Lecture Cathedrals, Faith and Heritage: Whose responsibility?

Looking for a special and memorable gift for family and friends this Easter - support the conservation of the Cathedral with ‘Give a
 Lasting Gift…’ with many more new images including faces, angels and the Virgin Mary.

The concept of ‘Give a Lasting Gift’ is simple, we have identified a wonderful selection of images that feature within the Herkenrode glass and are inviting sponsorship for the cleaning and conservation of these images.  The cost to sponsor the image of your choice ranges from £5,000 for an image of Christ down to £100 for an angel or cherub - so whatever your budget, everyone can help to save an amazing piece of history.

Read more: 'Give a Lasting Gift' this Easter

Ekklesia is a group service for young people aged between 11 and 29 years. The evening will include an informal, contemplative and reflective service following by the opportunity to chat and make new friends from around the diocese.

Ekklesia meets every 2nd Sunday of the month - our next meeting is on 11 May 19:00

For more information please click here

Jason Horton, founder of Haughton-Greene hand-makes every one of the beauty products in his natural collection and he has an inspirational story to tell. It began in 2011 when he adopted two beautiful children who unfortunately were suffering from chronic eczema. He tried everything to help their skin condition, buying every ‘natural’ product on the market. He soon found most products are only 95% natural, which meant the other 5% additives were still upsetting his children’s skin.

So he set to work sourcing, boiling and testing all manner of creations on himself, until he found the perfect mix and his children’s irritations cleared up fast. 

The business was born. 

He now produces packages and sells the most amazing 100% natural skin care products including a delicious range of balms, bath bombs, body butters, salts and candles in four divine flavours.

Read more: Haughton Greene now available at the Cathedral Shop

Literature & the Christian Mind - Jane Gledhill

Tuesdays (7pm Refreshments) 7-30 - 9.00p.m. Bishop's House, 22b The Close, Lichfield.

This course begins with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein which is said to be a re-write of John Milton's Paradise Lost. It will consider the themes of loss and re-discovery of faith in the fiction of George Eliot.  There will also be an exploration of ways in which it is possible to see examples of death and resurrection through the work of Joseph Conrad and the poetry of T.S Eliot.

13th May  Mary Shellley   Frankenstein

20th May  George Eliot  Silas Marner

27th May  Joseph Conrad  Heart of Darkness

3rd June  The Poetry of T.S. Eliot

Everyone is welcome to attend all or some of the sessions. 

We are delighted to be the first organisation outside of London to be running Prom Praise for Schools with the famous All Souls Orchestra on Saturday 27th September 2014 11.30-2.30pm (performance begins at 1pm)

Prom Praise is a delightful blend of sacred and concert music, a unique and joyful fusion of performance with worship, combining the spirit of Songs of Praise with the enthusiasm of the world-famous Last Night of the Proms.

Apply for a place for your school now by downloading the attached information sheet and booking form. Deadline for applications is Friday 15th June 2014.


Lichfield Cathedral once again invites visitors to turn back the pages of time and explore the historic books and illuminated manuscripts housed in the Cathedral private library which was built in 1249.  A truly unique opportunity to catch a rare glimpse of our incredible collection housed above the Chapter House.

We received such exceptional demand and positive visitor feedback during 2013, we are pleased to add the following dates to our Library Tour timetable for 2014.

April 9 - Sold Out

May 17

June 4

June 21

July 2

July 26

August 6

August 16

September 3

September 13

October 8

November 8

As part of our 2014 Library Tour package price, we are now including a visit to Chapters 'Cafe in the Close'-where you can relax and enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee and a slice of delicious homemade cake. Your ticket will also entitle you to a 10 per cent discount on any purchases at the Cathedral Shop on the day of your tour.

Shopping, eating and drinking-the perfect end to an enlightening tour!

Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Read more: Library Tours 2014

We are thrilled to announce that following the recent grouping research exercise, displays of the Staffordshire Hoard have returned to each of the Mercian Trail locations.

At Lichfield Cathedral we are delighted to have received an enhanced display of bolder and more exciting pieces.  

So please hurry along to the Cathedral and be one of the first to see our wonderful new collection-you are sure to receive a very warm welcome.

For more information on opening times and other treasures we have on display please visit

Join the Friends of Lichfield Cathedral on their Tour of Northern France in 2014.

It is nearly 30 years since the Friends visited northern France: the last occasion being to Coutances in 1987 and as 2014 is a significant yearrouencathedral in Britains history a tour to Normandy has been arranged.

Everyone is most welcome to join this wonderful tour which departs on Monday 8 September and returns Saturday 13 September.

For additional information please download the attached detailed tour itinerary, or to confirm your booking please read the document attached on how to book.

Read more: Friends of Lichfield Cathedral-Tour of Northern France 2014

Chapters – ‘the Café in the Close’ – enjoys a justifiable reputation for the quality of its food, the warmth of its atmosphere and the efficiency of its service. If you would like some casual work during the busy summer season and have previous experience of working in a café and be able to demonstrate hard work, flexibility and good communication skills then we would like to hear from you.

Your role will be to deliver food with friendly yet professional service, as a key part of the Cathedral’s welcome to visitors and worshippers alike - Apply today

Read more: Experienced Waiting-on Staff at Chapters ‘the Café in The Close’

Welcomers - can you offer a warm and friendly welcome to our visitors...

Holy Writ Exhibition Hosts - could you welcome visitors to the exhibition and oversee the exhibits...

Tower Tour Leaders - do you have a head for heights... 

floodlightingRemember a loved one or celebrate a special day by lighting up Lichfield Cathedral.

For more information on floodlighting or to make a booking, please contact the Vergers on 01543 306165 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lighting up Lichfield Cathedral costs just £25 per hour, which includes VAT and a special listing of your floodlighting booking displayed in the cathedral.

The Diocesan Digest is the monthly sound magazine of Lichfield Cathedral and has been created to provide news and information to those who are blind or visually impaired.

If you would like to hear a short introduction to the Diocesan Digest service please click here.

Alternatively if you know someone who is registered visually impaired, and who you think might benefit from receiving the Digest, please click here to download the Diocesan Digest leaflet.

This will help you find out more about the Diocesan Digest and details the various ways you can access your copy. 

If you are registered blind or partially sighted please register or log into your account now.

If you are not registered blind or partially sighted but would still like to register please provide your contact detail now. Please note there may be a small charge for this service.

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