Today, our Instagram is being taken over by one of our Guides at the cathedral. Look out for Becky’s hourly posts! 

Hello! I’m Becky, a guide at Hereford Cathedral. I was raised in Herefordshire all my life and I love historic buildings, the older the better! I especially love the local Norman architecture.

I am actually quite a recent addition to the guides at Hereford Cathedral. I also spend my time helping out at the Coningsby Hospital Museum on Widemarsh Street in Hereford, where I am in a role similar to a guide at the cathedral.

Being involved in museum volunteering has made me realise how much I love talking to people and guiding them, and so I decided to become a Hereford Cathedral guide and to help visitors to understand the cathedral as it was in the past and as it is today.

In the past few years I have been studying at university. Initially, this was at Bournemouth University, where I studied archaeology and anthropology for three years. I completed my final dissertation on six Herefordshire churches with a special focus on the Reformation and how that would have affected these places and subsequently the people who used them.

I then decided to move on to York University to pursue a masters in the archaeology of buildings. Here I expanded my understanding of buildings and how to spot certain features. Often when I came back to Hereford for holidays, I would go around the cathedral to practice spotting certain features and designs so I am well acquainted with the ancient and beautiful cathedral in our historic city.

I still do this even now, because I realised that there is always so much to see and there is often some very little detailing that not everyone immediately notices and will often point some of these out when I do a tour of the cathedral. Today I’m going to share with you so of the finer details of the building’s architecture.

If you have enjoyed watching Becky's takeover then why not join us for a tour in person? We run cathedral tours throughout the day, Monday - Saturday which cost £5 per person. You can find out more here.

We are also on the lookout for more tour guides to join our volunteer team. If you are interested in finding out more then please contact David Owen, Volunteer Co-Ordinator on [email protected]