Caring for the Cathedral
As a Grade I listed historic building in constant daily use Birmingham Cathedral requires careful maintenance, care and repair. Over recent years the cathedral has undergone an extensive series of restoration and development. Projects have included repair to the exterior stonework, redecoration of interior paintwork, repairs to woodwork as well as significant improvements to access and interpretation. The next task on the schedule is the restoration of the cathedral’s most precious treasures, its windows.
Just like any other property, window glass becomes very dirty over time especially if located in the centre of a city where thousands of vehicles and people pass by ever day. However the windows at the cathedral are unlike any other glazing. The windows are wonderful, dazzling examples of some of the finest stained-glass work of pre-raphaelite artists Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. The windows were installed in the building over a twelve year period when it was still a parish church and are visited by people from all over the world. Birmingham is the birthplace of Burne-Jones and he was baptised in St Philip’s in January 1834.
The image below shows the cathedral interior in 2015 when an extensive scaffold set up known as 'birdcage' was installed to gain access to the ceiling for essential re-wiring and redecoration work.