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The York Minster Fire 40 years on – Projection shows, tours and more

york minster reclaimed from the flames

The iconic cathedral has announced Reclaimed from the Flames, a programme of events and activities to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the devastating fire at York Minster. In the early hours of Monday 9th July 1984, York Minster was struck by lightning and suffered one of the worst cathedral fires of modern times. The damage done in just a few hours took over four years to be rebuilt and restored. Visit York Minster during the year to remember the destruction, give thanks for the restoration, and continue the conservation of York’s magnificent but fragile Minster. Here are some of our highlights.

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Out of the Ashes Exhibition – 29th June 2024 to 1st June 2025, included in admission – Discover the story behind the 1984 fire that could have destroyed the building, including the rescue efforts and clean-up operation. See fire-damaged furniture that survived the blaze and images from York Minster’s archive, including original drawings for six roof bosses designed by Blue Peter competition winners. Visitors will also have the chance to explore other major fires in York Minster’s history and find out more about restoration and conservation today.

York Minster Phoenix

PHOENIX, a sound and light projection – 19 October to 2nd November 2024 – Experience York Minster in a new light this autumn when the cathedral is illuminated with PHOENIX, a brand-new sound and light projection. Telling the story of that night and its aftermath, PHOENIX will commemorate the bravery of those who responded to the fire, celebrating the resilience of York Minster and the people of York through their own words, in the very place where it happened. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 9 July via the York Minster website or by calling 01904 557200.

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Free family-friendly tours – 29th June to 30th September 2024 – York Minster’s general admission tickets include a free guided tour of the cathedral. Throughout the summer months, our expert tour guides will explore the Minster’s rich history, with a special focus on the 1984 fire to commemorate its 40th anniversary. On Saturdays throughout the year, York Minster offers family-friendly discovery tours suitable for children aged 4+. Families can discover the answers to fun questions including ‘How many blue whales can fit inside the Minster?’ and ‘Which room has a special whispering trick?’, as well as learning more about the roof bosses designed by Blue Peter competition winners following the 1984 fire. Free with admission.

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