Having stood on this site for almost 1,000 years, Durham Cathedral has long been a place of community, celebration, commemoration and culture; a place of sanctuary and worship; and a source of spirituality and inspiration.  The Cathedral today connects people to their faith, their history, and to each other but keeping the doors to the Cathedral open to all and maintaining such a unique place brings unique challenges.

Our latest fundraising campaign, Foundation 2020 aims to address this challenge by building an endowment of £10 million over the next three years.  The income generated from this endowment will support the annual cycle of planned maintenance and repair of the Cathedral’s buildings to ensure they are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy. To kick start the campaign, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £1 million which is available to match donations we raise on a 1:1 basis, so every £1 donated is doubled.

Please join us for the launch of Foundation 2020 and hear from the Cathedral's own stonemasons and other members of its Property Team about what it takes to care for a Grade 1 Listed Building and World Heritage Site, and about how you as individuals, businesses and members of the community can get involved and make a real difference to help Durham Cathedral reach its goal.

This evening event opens a weekend of festivities as we celebrate St Cuthbertstide. Events include a talk by Max Adams, author of The King of the North taking place at 7pm on the same evening. There are also a number of family friendly activities for all ages, specialist talks, lectures and an opportunity to visit our stonemasons in the Works Yard, on Saturday 17 March. 

To find out more or to RSVP please contact Sophia Stovall at 0191 374 4055 or by email at sophia.stovall@durhamcathedral.co.uk