We worked with Lichfield Cathedral some years ago on their fundraising campaign to restore the Herkenrode stained glass panels in its Lady Chapel. It is a pleasure to be supporting its fundraising team once again, as they plan for the future at what is now a vibrant and inclusive Cathedral.
Lichfield Cathedral is the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK: a treasured landmark in the heart of England. It is one of the oldest places of Christian worship, and the burial place of the great Anglo-Saxon missionary Bishop, St Chad. It is home too to extraordinary treasures: The St Chad Gospels (formally known as the Lichfield Gospels), an eighth century Gospel Book; the Lichfield Angel, a mediaeval carved limestone panel, which once formed the shrine chest of St Chad (d.672), and the Herkenrode Glass, a stunning C16th set of stained glass, brought to Lichfield Cathedral in 1803, to replace windows damaged during the Civil War.
The Herkenrode Glass itself was the subject of a £3.7m fundraising appeal in 2009/10 – a campaign on which we also worked. The glass panels, a treasure of Renaissance art, came under threat due to the effects of the weather and pollution, as well as crumbling masonry in the Lady Chapel. The fast-paced appeal was a success, and enabled the glass to be conserved and reinstalled in front of protective clear panels.
Visitors today can enjoy these medieaval treasures and – depending on the day – take a trip around the world through time and space via stunning light projections. Artists in residence, lectures, poetry and films draw thousands of people from all faiths and backgrounds.
It was terrific to deliver a Step Change Workshop at the Cathedral, as a way to bring the team together and plan for the future. For any organisation considering its future fundraising strategy, it is always wise to bring people together and ensure ambitions are aligned and supporters and stakeholders are all engaged and enthusiastic.