Heritage Open Days

Analysing Pugin - Nottingham Trent University in partnership with St Barnabas Cathedral

A unique chance to visit The Creative and Virtual Technologies Lab at Nottingham Trent University for a talk and hands on demonstration of the techniques used to create a 3D model of St Barnabas Cathedral, designed by Augustus Pugin.

Although much of the rich decoration of the Cathedral has been lost over time with reordering and redecorating, there are still traces which invoke the original atmosphere. Nottingham Trent University have been working with the Cathedral to research the work of renowned architect A.W.N. Pugin. This is a special first-hand account of the latest findings and new discoveries. You will also be invited to participate in a participatory map of sacred spaces in Nottingham, where you can exchange local knowledge on these heritage landmarks across the city.
For more information go to Heritage Open Days

Celebrating Pugin

To mark the 175th anniversary of St Barnabas Cathedral and the celebrate the work of its architect A.W.N. Pugin, we are taking part in the national Heritage Open Days for the first time! 

The Heritage Open Days are England’s largest festival of history and culture, with over 5,00 events taking place across the country. To find out more visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Discovering Pugin

New Display and trail leaflet exploring the Cathedral’s history and Gothic-revival style architecture, including the findings of 3D scanning, paint analysis and archive research recently conducted by Nottingham Trent University.

Recommended visit times are 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm, Monday to Fridays. Drop in, no need to book.


Pugin: Lost and Found – Guided Tour

Tours start at 11.15am and 12.45pm
Saturday 21st September
St Barnabas Cathedral (Meet at the South Porch)

An informative guided tour of the Cathedral to explore some of the original and the restored architectural details designed by Pugin, including the beautiful Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Places are limited, so please book via Eventbrite.


St Barnabas Cathedral 175th Birthday

11.00am – 2.00pm
Saturday 21st September
St Barnabas Cathedral and Cathedral Hall

All are welcome to join us for an interactive family open day to mark the 175th anniversary. Cathedral volunteer stewards will be on hand and Researchers from Nottingham Trent University will share their latest findings about the original Cathedral decoration. Family trail available plus Pugin-inspired crafts and activities - suitable for all ages and abilities!   
Refreshments will be available

Faith, Nottingham and Graham Greene

A half study day Saturday 19th October 2019 2. pm - 7.pm approx Graham Greene became a Catholic while he was living in Nottingham in 1926 and was received into the Church at St Barnabas' Cathedral. This study day will look at his life and work in our contemporary context with the help of speakers Dr David Belbin, Michael Eaton and Dr Creina Mansfield
More information download Detailed information sheet or Poster : ruthcshelton@gmail.com

Catholic Creative Writing
For more information download Detailed information sheet or Poster or email Anthony Verdon at:


1 November 2019 Cathedral Hall
7:30pm (after the evening Mass of All Saints)

Augustus Welby Pugin and the Gothic Interior: pattern, colour, abstraction
Megan Aldrich, FSA

This event has been cancelled

Augustus Welby Pugin (1812-52) has long been recognised as one of the leading architects and architectural theorists in nineteenth-century Britain, yet his contribution to the history of interiors and decorative art is less well known. A convert to Catholicism, his father’s religion, Pugin passionately embraced the Gothic style as one that answered the needs of his age.

It could be argued that his design manifesto of 1841, The True Principles of Pointed or Christian Architecture, was the most important book on architecture and design in the Victorian era. Eight years later it was followed by Floriated Ornament, a slim volume of beautiful patterns for stencilled interior decoration, some of which appear in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in St Barnabas.

This lecture will examine Pugin’s momentous contribution to the history of interiors and decorative art, and will place the work at St Barnabas into a wider context.

Megan Aldrich lectures and researches across the areas of architecture, furniture, interiors and garden design; she is the former Academic Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, edits the journal of the Decorative Arts Society, teaches in the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

She is the author of the beautifully illustrated Gothic Revival (Phaidon 1997, £25 hardback), available from all good bookstores.

Tickets available from September onwards.
£6 to include a glass of wine
£10 to also be a sponsor of this event (we have no external funding!)

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