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Returning to Life: Inside the Grand Organ Restoration

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Go behind the scenes of the once-a-century refurbishment of York Minster’s Grand Organ through a new photography exhibition documenting the extraordinary craft skills which went into the £2m project.

The exhibition features images by York-based photographer Duncan Lomax documenting the instrument’s refurbishment, the first on this scale since 1903, and the work of the organ experts and conservation specialists who carried it out.

See project highlights including the delicate cleaning and painting of the original case pipes by graining and marbling specialists Robert Woodland & Son and unique views inside the organ case which show the scale and complexity of the instrument.

The organ, which dates from the early 1830s, returned to use during worship on Sunday 7 March 2021 and was dedicated by the Archbishop of York on Easter Day, 4 April 2021.

The exhibition is free with general admission – book your timed entry ticket here.

To learn more about the project, including how you can support music at the cathedral by adopting an organ pipe, visit our #Organ100 page.

The exhibition is part of a programme of activity to celebrate the Grand Organ’s return which includes an ‘evening with the experts‘ talk on 3 July featuring speakers involved in the project.

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