Steeped in history, one of the jewels in Herfordshire's crown offers even more of a reason to visit this spring
Dating back to Norman times, this magnificent building towers over historic Hereford and comfortably made it into Welsh Border Life’s recent Border Bucket List of places to visit on our own doorstep.
Why? Well, aside from the fabulous architecture, inside you’ll find the Mappa Mundi – a 13th-century map of the world. How's that for starters? But there’s another reason this spring, as the cathedral plays host to the Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture.
Comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, the display by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper is coming to Hereford as part of a nationwide tour organised by 14-18 NOW, an arts programme commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
“This is a great privilege for us,” says Dean of Hereford, The Very Revd Michael Tavinor. “It’s a remarkable accolade for the cathedral and for the country, building on our already proud military history and current links with the armed forces."
Together with sister sculpture Wave, Poppies: Weeping Window will tour the UK until the end of the year, when they’ll become part of the collection at the Imperial War Museums.
Poppies: Weeping Window will be on view at Hereford Cathedral from 14th March to 29th April. The Cathedral can be found at 5 College Cloisters, Cathedral Close, Hereford HR1 2NG. Tel: 01432 374200. www.herefordcathedral.org
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