Saints in the Making: Popular Acclaim and Papal Canonisation

This year we celebrate 700 years since Bishop Thomas Cantilupe officially became St Thomas of Hereford - one of the last Englishmen to be canonised before the Reformation. Hereford Cathedral Library & Archives team have curated a special programme of exhibitions to be on display within the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library during the year.

What does it mean to be a saint, and how does a person become one? Saints in the Making: Popular Acclaim and Papal Canonisation looks at the saints special to Hereford, and some others, both as past subjects of veneration and present focuses for inspiration.

The exhibition explores the significance of the saints, especially those linked with Hereford, through books, documents and objects from the cathedral's historic collections. It traces the change from popular and local sainthood to the rigorous official process of establishing a new saint, controlled by the Church from the 13th century and still followed by the Roman Catholic Church today.

This exhibition is located in the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library - normal admission charges apply.

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday - last entry 30 minutes before closing
Before Monday 30 March: 10 am to 4 pm
Monday 30 March onwards: 10 am to 5 pm