This exhibition is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is part of the Eastern Cloisters Project currently taking place at Hereford Cathedral. To find out more about the project, please click here. 

The latest specially curated exhibition in the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition is Voices from the Cloisters. Hereford Cathedral Cloisters, which currently house offices and residences for cathedral staff, were originally home to the Vicars Choral, the twenty-seven men who formed the cathedral choir from 1475 until 1937. Voices from the Cloisters sets out to explore the fascinating stories of these men and discover the different aspects of their domestic lives and religious duties through images and texts from the cathedral archive.

One of the pieces on display will be a reference book called Theatrum Botanicvm which includes a hand written note from a member of the Vicar’s Choral about the effectiveness of a herbal remedy which soothed the throat. This exhibition unveils not just the professional life of these singing men, but their tales of music and worship, disobedience and also some scandal!

This exhibition has been curated by Eastern Cloisters Project Research Intern, Jess Stallwood who has joined the cathedral team to help lead the research on the project. 

Voices from the Cloisters opens on Tuesday 11 June and runs until Saturday 28 September in the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library with normal admission charges applying. The exhibition is one of the first events within the Eastern Cloisters Project activity programme to help further understanding of the history of the Cloisters.

Banner Image Credit: Thomas Dingley, View of the College, History from Marble, 1685, Printed for the Camden Society, London, 1867, pg.200