Has York Minster ever looked better? Awesome pix of our most cherished landmark after £20m facelift

The Dean with some of the people who were involved in the York Minster Revealed project. Photograph: Richard McDougall
31 Mar 2016 @ 5.02 pm
| Environment, News

Sparkling in the spring sunshine, York Minster looks every bit as magnificent as the day it was a new-build.

And that’s no accident. Most of us would look pretty good if we had undergone a five-year, £20 million facelift…

That’s the investment that’s gone into York Minster Revealed, one of the largest conservation and restoration projects of its kind in Europe.

To celebrate the completion of York Minster Revealed, a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony took place at the cathedral on Thursday (March 31).

Hundreds of people who have been involved with the project gathered outside the cathedral’s newly unveiled East Front to toast its completion.

Restoring the 600-year-old East Front and Great East Window – the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in the country – has been a key part of the project.

For 12 years this view of the Minster has been covered in around 16 miles of scaffolding, while nearly 2,500 stones have been cut or repaired by highly-skilled stonemasons.

Other activity included the creation of the visitor attraction, Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft.

How the East Front looked for years as the restoration work took place. Photograph © The Ewan on Flickr
How the East Front looked for years as the restoration work took place. Photograph © The Ewan on Flickr

‘Changed the culture’

Hey, good lookin’… York Minster in the morning sunlight. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Hey, good lookin’… York Minster in the morning sunlight. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Dean of York, The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, said the investment had also changed the culture of the cathedral:

As well as helping to transform the experience of visiting the cathedral, the project has enabled us to become more outward facing and forge new relationships across the region, and it is these relationships which will help us to continue to develop York Minster for the future.
The Minster is dedicated to St Peter, and here he is atop the renovated East Front. Photograph: Richard McDougall
The Minster is dedicated to St Peter, and here he is atop the renovated East Front. Photograph: Richard McDougall

The Heritage Lottery Fund gave a £10.5 million grant to the project. Boss of HLF Carole Souter said:

I hope National Lottery players will be proud of what their contribution has achieved; our thanks go to them and the many supporters of this great project.”
The East Front reflected in the window of St William's College. Photograph: Richard McDougall
The East Front reflected in the window of St William’s College. Photograph: Richard McDougall