Outcomes and Legacy

The People’s Cathedral initiative was designed to secure the long term survival of the building and also to enrich the visitor experience and widen/deepen community engagement. These aims sought to facilitate long term sustainable benefits for Guildford Cathedral.

The initiative completed in August 2017 achieving the following outcomes: 


  • 1200 archive items digitised (25% of total collection)
    • 3,100 items catalogued to date and work is ongoing
    • 4 Heritage Study Days and 3 Heritage Talks
    • 84 Oral History Interviews collected exceeding target
    • 37 Written Memories collected
    • 6000 images taken of Parish Plate for touchscreen content and conservation 


  • 96 events delivered including 21 Coffee Concerts
  • 8 Family Fun Days
  • 7 Public Lectures
  • Weekly Tower Tours and Scheduled Tours
  • Joint Tours with Watts Gallery
  • Explorer Bags Created for children
  • 2 Artist in Residence Workshops, Public Lectures and  Exhibitions
  • Diversified educational offering with Photography and Textiles offerings


  • Over 10,000 people engaged with the project
  • 68 new Volunteer Recruited
  • 4 Apprentice on site
  • 2 Dissertation Projects
  • 50 new relationships formed with external    organisations, charities and groups
  • 12 Specialist Society Project Tours  

Although the project is now complete, going forward the Cathedral is committed to ensuring the projects legacy by continuing to deliver activities such as Coffee Concerts, Heritage Talks and Family Fun Days to maintain connections with new and existing audiences.

Archive cataloguing will continue as with Oral History transcribing, preserving our heritage and history as we continue to tell the story of the People's Cathedral.