Stephen de Silva, a guide and former warden at the Cathedral, is a regular contributor. In this conversation, he tells Rob Pearman about the new Visitor Centre then under construction (but opened in June 2019) and the discovery of the remains of the famous Abbot John of Wheathampstead.
Stephen de Silva takes us on a tour of the Cathedral - from the main door at the Western End, along the Nave and through all the key areas - and explains the meaning of the names of many parts of the building. Did you know, for instance, that 'nave' means 'boat'?
'Poppyfields' was an installation at St Albans Cathedral (on the evenings of Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October 2018) using projection, music and video in commemoration of the end of WWI in November 1918. Project Manager Helena O'Sullivan told Rob Pearman about this creative use of our City's most famous building. Poppies floating down across the nave and shrine, candles in the choir, a music soundtrack in all parts of the Cathedral, a video of Eddie Redmayne reading war poems - all this and more in a unique experience.
As Stephen de Silva, a guide at St Albans Cathedral, explains, the restoration work undertaken by Lord Grimthorpe in the 19th century has its supporters and also those who are less than effusive in their praise.