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Stone Carving Festival 2018: Stoneyard Open Day

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

See the ancient craft skills used to preserve the 800-year-old cathedral when York Minster’s Stoneyard opens its doors as part of the cathedral’s international Stone Carving Festival.

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 cathedral’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, as well as the plaster cast museum and drawing office. Places for the South Quire Aisle tours will be limited and details of how to book will be available in June.

The free event is part of the York Minster Stone Carving Festival, which will see stonemasons and carvers from across the UK and Europe gather in the cathedral’s Dean’s Park for a weekend-long celebration of the ancient craft.

On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August, the park will be transformed into a tented village with the Mason’s Marquee forming the centre-piece and hub for expert craftspeople to carve 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.

Want to take part in the festival? Registration is now open to all masons, carvers, sculptors and stonework apprentices here.

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