Nurturing Spiritual Life Exhibition

Published on: Thu, 06/02/2020 - 12:57

Nurturing Spiritual Life

2020 is an exciting year for Lichfield Cathedral, one in which the theme Fully Alive opens up a celebration and exploration of what it means to be human. The year kicks off with an exhibition exploring how people’s spirituality has been expressed and enriched within the Christian tradition over the centuries.

Throughout history people have used a variety of methods and tools to nurture spirituality, particularly during times of uncertainty and change. We are living in a modern world, full of insecurity and there is increasing interest in ‘non-religious’ spirituality such as mindfulness.

The Nurturing Spiritual Life Exhibition explores how the experiences of the past can resonate with us today and how people have used a range of resources from mediaeval manuscripts and devotional items through to digital resources in the 21st century.

Exhibits include beautifully decorated mediaeval Books of Hours and exquisitely carved panels for personal devotion, an ancient chalice excavated in the Cathedral at the same time as the Lichfield Angel, a selection of 16th and 17th century books from Lichfield Cathedral Library, and resources used by Roman Catholics when they had to worship in secret.

The cathedral’s exhibitions officer, Ishbel Curr, commented: “This exhibition gives visitors an opportunity to see books and objects from Lichfield Cathedral which are not normally on display, including some items which have never before been exhibited. In addition, we are delighted to have worked in partnership with St Mary’s College, Oscott, to show rarely seen pieces from their collections.

“We hope that the exhibition will encourage visitors to reflect on their own spiritual life, whether religious or not, and to think about what resources they might use to nurture their personal spiritual needs.”

The exhibition runs until Tuesday 25 February 2020 and is open Monday - Saturday from 9:30-16:30 (closed 12:15 - 13:10 for the Eucharist service) and on Sunday is open from 12:15-14:30