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Innovation earns Cathedral a national nod of approval

The interactive project that saw Cathedral's heritage brought into life has been rewarded with an Association of Heritage Interpretation Award.

An innovative project that was part of Project Pilgrim Phase One saw the Cathedral use a multi-faceted approach to interpret the grandeur of the building.

Stone-carved sculptures, audio-visual projections, augmented reality and an interactive gallery designed in association with design specialists Imagemakers brought the Cathedral to life.

Project Pilgrim Phase One, is an ambitious project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to conserve and enhance key parts of the Cathedral site for visitors.

Aiming to bring the Cathedral's heritage to life for a wide range of audiences, the interpretation includes an App and a Virtual Tour.

The tour gives visitors digital access to the areas of the building that do not have level access, including the Crypt and Medieval Library.

Lorna Giles, Head of Visitor Experience at the Cathedral said: "We are very proud to have won a Discover Heritage Award for our new Visitor Experience and Interpretation scheme which uses innovative ways to help people explore the Cathedral's rich history.

"From dressing up to augmented reality, there are elements for all ages and interests to get excited about.

"Everyone involved in the project worked extremely hard and the result has been nothing short of extraordinary - it is wonderful that this has been recognised with such a prestigious award."

David Masters, Lead Consultant for Imagemakers said: "This is one of the most complex and multifaceted projects we have been involved with, and is the result of years of consultation, planning, design, testing and evaluation.

"We are delighted and honoured that the Cathedral's interpretation has been recognised with this award."

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