Open Treasure is more than a capital development project.  

It is integral to the mission of the Cathedral and its future. Open Treasure’s overall aim and lasting impact will be to transform the quality of the Cathedral’s hospitality to all who visit.

Specifically it will:

- Provide opportunities for new and returning visitors to explore the Cathedral and its collections, and learn about its historic, architectural and spiritual significance in ways that inspire them to value and care about them.

- Develop the Cathedral’s social and economic contribution to local communities and north-east England through employment, partnership and outreach, and by raising the profile of Durham City and County as a visitor destination.

- Achieve the Cathedral’s long-term financial sustainability by increasing revenue from visitor facilities and donations while upholding its commitment to not charge for entry into the Cathedral Church itself.