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Go behind the scenes at York Minster’s annual Stoneyard Open Day.

See the skills used to preserve the 800-year-old cathedral when York Minster’s Stoneyard opens its doors as part of a four day celebration of the ancient craft at the Minster during August.

Visitors will be able to see the cathedral’s craftsmen and women at work in their workshops and learn about how they repair, restore and protect the Minster’s historic fabric using techniques passed down through the centuries.

Visitors will also be able to join behind the scenes tours of the South Quire Aisle scaffolding to see the conservation work taking place on this part of the cathedral. The tours will run every 45 minutes from 9.45am to 3pm. Advance places for the South Quire Aisle tours are now sold out online but a limited number of spaces will be available on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

Master Mason John David will lead tours of the plaster cast museum and drawing office every hour from 10am-2pm. No pre-booking required – spaces on the day will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

The free event opens a four day celebration of the ancient craft of stonemasonry at the cathedral, which includes an international Stone Carving Festival on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August in the Minster’s Dean’s Park. Stonemasons from across the UK and Europe will spend two days carving designs based on the theme ‘All creatures great and small’. Pieces created during the two-day event will be available to buy at an auction on the Sunday afternoon.

The events conclude on Wednesday 22 August with an auction of historic stone removed from the building during conservation works. Money raised from the auction will be used to fund ongoing conservation work at the cathedral.


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