TV goes behind the scenes at York Minster

Dean of York Vivienne Faull. Photograph: BBC / Anna Louise Crossley
16 Mar 2014 @ 10.32 am
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Dean of York Vivienne Faull is in charge of York Minster. Photograph: BBC / Anna Louise Crossley
Dean of York Vivienne Faull is in charge of York Minster. Photograph: BBC / Anna Louise Crossley

Ever wanted to know what it takes to run the largest medieval gothic cathedral north of the Alps? Well, now you can thanks to a three-part TV documentary, The Minster.

The BBC series aim to uncover the truth of how they keep such an historic building in impeccable condition.

With 150 staff members and 400 volunteers, it’s obvious that York’s most eye catching landmark has more to it than meets the eye.

From the verger who has to overcome his fear of heights to cover the cathedral’s giant crucifix, to the Minster police’s emergency response team, you’re sure to find out something new about our most impressive landmark.

Exploring the ways in which the church is modernising itself, the series follows the Dean of York Vivienne Faull who was the first and still remains the only female Cathedral Provost, as she takes charge of the York’s most prestigious church.

Faull has said that she hopes the series “will help people realise the massive amount of work – and love – that goes on behind the scenes”.

The first episode will air on Sunday, March 16 at 4.45pm and will follow the stonemasons as they are given the task of replicating the historical weathered figure that stands at the East Window as part of the Minster’s £20 million restoration project.