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RUINS OF THE FORMER CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. MICHAEL, COVENTRY

RUINS OF THE FORMER CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. MICHAEL, COVENTRY
Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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BACKGROUND

After Coventry Cathedral was gutted by incendiary bombs during World War II, a conscious and collective decision was taken to build a new cathedral and to preserve the ruins as a constant reminder of conflict, the need for reconciliation, and the enduring search for peace. First constructed as a chapel for the Earls of Chester’s castle in the twelfth century, the former Cathedral Church of St. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Seventy years after the bombing, the ruins of the former Cathedral Church of St. Michael have begun to crack open, and urgent help is needed to repair the fabric. Water infiltration problems and structural deterioration require immediate action, and the site was included in the 2012 World Monuments Watch to call attention to the urgent need for conservation. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Coventry is a post-industrial city of notable economic deprivation. Identifying the best ways to conserve the ruins and to use their open and enclosed spaces will see that the ancient fabric of the Cathedral and the entire Cathedral Quarter is preserved and enhanced for social benefit. (...)

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IN THE MEDIA
The Great Glass Mystery
BBC One, Saturday, March 1, 2014
Coventry Cathedral in Amnesty for Missing Stained Glass
BBC News, Wednesday, September 5, 2012
New Exhibition in Coventry
Vidimus, Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Restore Coventry Cathedral (video)
BBC1 West Midlands: Inside Out, Monday, July 9, 2012
£1m plan launched to reinvent Coventry Cathedral ruins
The Coventry Telegraph, Monday, November 21, 2011
Coventry Cathedral Ruins: Fundraising Campaign Started
BBC News, Monday, November 14, 2011
VIDEOS
World Monuments FundHeritage Under Siege from Aleppo to Zanzibar
October, 2014

The very places that convey great achievements, the passage of time, and the stability of culture are frequently proving fragile against the backdrop of natural disaster, warfare, and civil and religious conflict. Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President and COO of WMF, discusses these struggles and efforts to protect and conserve the magnificent records of cultural history.

SPOTLIGHT

World Monuments Watch Day

In Coventry, Watch Day participants were invited to create their own stained glass designs in a communal effort inspired by the former cathedral’s surviving medieval stained glass. Visitors observed the work of stained glass conservators and joined a historical tour through the city.


In the Media: Be detectives for the day on Coventry Cathedral adventure trail
Dig Deeper: Watch Day Slideshow , Watch Day Video

RELATED LINKS

In WMF Journal

Coventry: Ancient City, Contemporary Times

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