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There But Not There

Tuesday 25 September to Sunday 18 November

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Durham Cathedral is proud to take part in 'There But Not There', a nationwide commemorative installation to remember those who never returned home from the First World War. Silhouttes of figures are on display in the Cathedral's pews and in the DLI chapel as powerful aids to reflection as we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.


'There But Not There' aims to place a representative figure for every name on local war memorials around the country into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. At Durham Cathedral, we would, no doubt, fill the Cathedral many times over if we were to individually commemorate those from the wider Cathedral community who gave their lives during the Great War. Those who studied or worked at The Chorister School have a special place in our commemorations, and we are proud to also be displaying name blocks to remember the nine former choristers and one member of staff who lost their lives in World War One. These name blocks will be on display within Open Treasure, before moving into the Cathedral itself for the Remembrance period.

This installation of figures has been made possible through a generous grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust.

The purchase of name blocks listing alumni and staff of The Chorister School who lost their lives in World War One has been supported by Durham Cathedral Choir Association.

There is no charge to view this installation, which will be in place over the Remembrance period.

More information about the nationwide project is available on There But Not There's website

There are several events, services, exhibitions and concerts taking place at the Cathedral this Autumn to remember the Armistice and those who serve today. Highlights include our Open Treasure exhibition Armistice: Living with the Peace, and our Festival of Remembrance concert on Saturday 10 November. Click here to see a full list of Remembrance events