Retelling the ancient story

Footprint will help us tell the story of the Abbey as the centre of Christian life and worship in the city.

Three churches have stood on this site: a Saxon Monastery, a Norman Cathedral, and the present medieval Abbey. From the early activities of the monastic community, to those of the Abbey community today, we will tell stories from this rich history which spans over 1,000 years.

Original objects from our collection will combine with innovative technology to enable us to make connections between past, present and future. These will be available to visitors both on the Abbey floor and in a new Discovery Centre, allowing people to explore this rich history for themselves through film, guides and interactive displays.

Exhibits will help people to discover how worship, hospitality and seeking justice for the poor have always been central to our life here.