Historian and broadcaster Dr David Starkey to open Visitor and Learning Centre at Peterborough Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 12:59 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:59 02 September 2016

David Starkey to open new Visitor and Learning Centre at Peterborough Cathedral.

David Starkey to open new Visitor and Learning Centre at Peterborough Cathedral.

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Historian and broadcaster Dr David Starkey is to open a new Visitor and Learning Centre at Peterborough Cathedral next Saturday (10) from 2pm.

“Re-enactors dressed as medieval knights will provide a guard of honour for Dr Starkey as he cuts a ribbon across the entrance to the new centre,” say the cathedral.

“Everyone is welcome to witness the ceremony which will take place during Heritage Open Weekend at the cathedral.

“Once the ribbon has been cut, the public will be welcomed into the centre for the first time to see new displays illustrating the cathedral’s history, its people and its faith, from Anglo-Saxon times right up to the present day.”

The opening follows two years’ work in conserving and converting two listed buildings in the cathedral precincts.

“We hope that people of all ages and backgrounds will find it a welcoming place that enriches their visit to our magnificent cathedral, “said Revd Charles Taylor, Dean of Peterborough.

“We are enormously grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and all those who have enabled us to bring this project to fruition.”

After the opening ceremony, Dr Starkey wil sign copies of his books at the centre. There will be a book stall in association with Waterstones.

The centre will be open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and from 11am to 4pm on Sundays. There is no charge for entry but donations are encouraged to help with cathedral running costs.

For more information visit the Peterborough Cathedral website: www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk or call 01733 355315.

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