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New stained glass window at Durham Cathedral in honour of late student

Sara Pilkington - who passed away in 2012 Credit: Durham Cathedral

The parents of a Durham University student, who died whilst studying in the city, have donated a new stained glass window in Durham Cathedral, in memory of their daughter.

Sara Pilkington died suddenly from a cardiac-related condition in February 2012, during her final year studying Combined Arts (BA Hons) at Durham University where she was a member of Collingwood College.

Now a new stained glass window will be installed in her memory in the North Quire Aisle of the Cathedral.

Sara’s parents Jonathan and Jools Pilkington, have been working closely with the Chapter of Durham Cathedral and a team of experts, to consult on the design and installation of the new window.

Chichester-based glass artist Mel Howse has been commissioned to create the piece, which is expected to be installed in 2018.


Watch the story of Durham Cathedral - in Lego

A County Durham filmmaker has told the history of Durham Cathedral - in Lego.

Matt Smith, 36, of Durham-based video production company Lintelfilm, was asked by Durham Cathedral to make the animated short films to help launch the cathedral's Open Treasure exhibition, which launches on Saturday July 23.

Supported by a grant of £3.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the new permanent exhibition will give visitors access to the cathedral’s buildings and collections as never before.

Matt's film features interviews with people such as Visit England's Tourism Superstar 2016 Lilian Groves.


Cathedral guide is 'Tourism Superstar'

Lilian Groves has been a Durham Cathedral guide for 25 years Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A Durham Cathedral tour guide has been shortlisted for a national award to recognise her contribution to tourism.

Lilian Groves has been showing people the cathedral's sights for twenty five years. She is a passionate advocate of the North East; encouraging visitors to explore the region's other attractions.

Lilian, who is eighty seven, has been nominated in the 2016 Visit England Tourism Superstar competition. She already holds the title for County Durham. The contest recognises the dedication of those working in the tourism industry.

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