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Magna Carta exhibition at Rochester Cathedral

The 'Magna Carta Rediscovered' exhibition continues in Kent

Two of the world's rarest written documents are been shown together for the first time, in Kent today.

An edition of the Magna Carta dating back seven hundred years is coming to Rochester Cathedral. It will appear alongside an even older artefact called the 'Textus Roffensis'. The display marks the end of an special exhibition that has been touring the county since May.

Cathedrals in the south east to receive funding

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today that, Arundel, Canterbury, Chichester, Portsmouth and Rochester cathedrals are among those from across England receiving almost £8million for urgent repairs in the second round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

31 cathedrals across England will now be able to fix leaking roofs, repair stained glass windows and spires, and carry out many other important works, making the total number of cathedrals receiving funding through the programme 41.

Arundel Cathedral will receive £200,000 for window repairs, Canterbury Cathedral will receive £150,000 for repairs to the north-west transept, and Chichester Cathedral will get £100,000 to replace part of its roof. Portsmouth Cathedral will be able to undertake repairs to its tower and south transept with a grant of £594,783, and Rochester Cathedral will receive £153,000 to repair its roof.

The fund was announced in Budget 2014, and set up in April this year in recognition of the powerful symbol our cathedrals are of Britain’s shared history, as well as the significant role they will play throughout the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.

Visiting Portsmouth Cathedral which is to receive nearly £600,000.

“Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations. This second round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve. Our places of worship are also playing a huge part in all our plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and this Fund is helping to ensure they can fulfil this role to remember those who gave so much for us so many years ago.”

– Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

“The appeal of cathedrals is vast and enduring. Every part of English history can be seen somewhere within their walls, and I am delighted that this second round of grant is providing vital support to keep them open for all to enjoy.”

– Sir Paul Ruddock, Chair of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

The £20million Cathedral Repairs Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the Budget 2014. Grants will allow cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work, including keeping the building wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public, and preventing further deterioration of the building. This is the second round of funding allocations and will be followed by one more. The final round will close in January 2015.


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Cathedral awarded £3.5m for public access projects

Rochester Cathedral has been awarded more than £3.5million by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will go towards creating and running exhibitions and workshops in the crypt and library.

The cash boost will also mean that people will have access to parts of the Cathedral that they have not seen before. David Johns reports.

Interviewees: Mark Beach the Dean of Rochester, and Stuart McLeod from the Heritage Lottery Fund.