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Discover the story behind the 1984 fire that threatened to destroy York Minster through a new exhibition – Out of the Ashes – commemorating the 40th anniversary of the blaze.

The exhibition journeys through the dramatic events of 9 July 1984, when the roof of the South Transept was struck by lightning. It details the heroic rescue efforts, clean-up operation and four-year restoration using eyewitness accounts.

See fire damaged furniture that survived the blaze and images from York Minster’s archive, including original drawings for six roof bosses designed by Blue Peter competition winners.

Visitors will also have the chance to explore other major fires in York Minster’s history and find out more about restoration and conservation today.

The exhibition, which takes place in the cathedral’s North Transept, will run until summer 2025.

Entrance to the exhibition is included with general admission – book your timed entry ticket HERE.


Photo by M McDonald.

Permission of copyright owners has been sought and acknowledged where known. Copyright owners wishing to discuss the use of their images are asked to email collections@yorkminster.org.

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