Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft is an immersive and interactive journey through two millennia of York’s history, featuring artefacts never before on public display. Visitors can see, touch and hear 2000 years of history.
The interactive state-of-the-art chambers follow the history of the site, covering its story as a centre for military, politics and theology which has influenced both the region’s and the nation’s history.
Key highlights include:
• Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and see the remains of their barracks from the city of Eboracum through newly installed glass floors. The Roman Emperor Constantine, credited with converting the Empire to Christianity, visited the city and ruled the mighty Empire from York.
• Discover the Anglian and Anglo-Saxon periods (around 410 to 866AD), which followed the withdrawal of the Romans from Britain, and are one of the least understood periods in British history. New evidence unearthed below York Minster suggests that this continued to be a thriving period for the city, with its own Royal mint and new buildings replacing Roman ones.
• Learn about the Vikings, who arrived in York in 866 and see the elaborately carved elephant tusk which Viking lord Ulf used to gift the land on which the current cathedral stands to the Chapter of York. The 1000 year-old Horn of Ulf has been preserved in superb condition and forms a focal point of the underground displays.
• See the foundations of the Norman Minster still visible within the Undercroft and explore a fascinating illuminated manuscript known as the York Gospels, which is on public display for the first time. Although nearly 1000 years old – it is thought to have been initially brought to York around 1020AD – this priceless book is still used in ceremonies in York Minster today.
• Understand York Minster’s role today as a working place of worship and a cultural masterpiece inspired by faith; a 21st century Church and international icon.