What is conservation and why does it matter?
Objects are vulnerable to deterioration over time. Fluctuating temperatures, light and humidity levels can cause damage to historic books and objects, as can dust, insects and mould.
Routine maintenance and monitoring help us to lessen the risk of damage. However, the Cathedral is a large and complex building, difficult to heat and very humid. Climate change makes these challenges even greater, increasing the need to invest wisely in conservation.
The Library Fund supports the conservation of our library collections, including binding repairs, environmental condition surveys and improved storage for our manuscripts and early printed books. If you would like to learn more about what you can do to support the Library Fund, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively, call 01962 857231.
The Conservation Fund supports the conservation work of our objects, including specialist cleaning, condition surveys and improved storage. If you would like to learn more about what you can do to support the Conservation Fund, contact email@example.com or alternatively, call 01962 857231.
Organ Restoration Project
Winchester Cathedral’s great “Father Willis” organ was built for the Great Exhibition and installed in 1854. It has been in almost daily use for worship, recitals and concerts, and can be heard all over the world in broadcasts and recordings. Recently, the organ has been showing significant signs of fatigue and we are now undertaking a full rebuild in order to repair and restore the organ and ensure it will continue to serve the Cathedral for generations to come.