Magic Lantern Show of rare images

14 November 2016

A rare find in Wakefield Cathedral offers a chance to step back in time for a special event on Nov 24. A series of slides made during the repairing and replacing of the Cathedral’s roof back in the 1930s have been found hidden away in a cupboard in the vestry. They tell the story of repairing and replacing the roof in the 1930s with written notes and pictures of some of the extraordinary detail.

To be able to show these to the public, Wakefield Cathedral has organised a magic lantern show using an early type of image projector – developed in the 17th century for entertainment - which can display these special photographs on sheets of glass. Cathedral architect, John Bailey will tell the story behind them.

The Dean said: “The Cathedral has always had to change throughout its history and until these slides were found no one knew anything about the changes that took place in the 1930s.“We are greatly looking forward to hearing our architect describe major works that took place then and unfold another chapter in this building’s great history,” he said.

Thurs Nov 24 at 7.30pm - Fancy dress from the 1930s is optional and there will be refreshments and music available.

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