Durham Cathedral Open Treasures launched

Durham Cathedral Open Treasures launched

Last week on the 23rd July, Durham Cathedral launched its new Open Treasures exhibition. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Cathedral has invested over £10 million in Open Treasures, part of a major development project which has transformed how visitors enjoy the Cathedral and gain inspiration from it.

Open Treasure gives visitors access to previously hidden spaces within the Cathedral’s magnificent Claustral buildings, showcasing the Cathedral’s collections so that they can be discovered and enjoyed by many more people of all ages.

The exhibition was made possible by National Lottery players and a fundraising campaign which saw members of the public build a Lego version of the cathedral brick by brick – raising thousands in the process.

Open Treasure by numbers

  • 22 jobs have been created
  • 400 volunteers have made an incredible contribution
  • 923 years is the age of Durham Cathedral
  • 120,000 visitors are expected to visit the exhibition each year
  • 300,000 bricks were used to create Durham Cathedral in Lego
  • £3.9million was awarded to the project thanks to National Lottery players


From Roman stones to St Cuthbert’s pectoral cross, collections will be housed within the 14th-century Monk’s Dormitory, beneath the breathtaking octagonal roof of the Great Kitchen and in the newly created Collections Gallery.

So if you live in the North East or are visiting anytime soon, you can either buy a ticket on arrival at the Visitors’ Desk or book in advance  online