Norwich Cathedral is a living place. We do not just look back, we look forward which is why we continue to commission new works of art and architecture.
The building itself, and all the beautiful art and objects it houses, are here for a purpose. That purpose is as valid today as when the Cathedral was founded namely to glorify God, and to welcome and serve all who come here. This is why we commission new art, such as the Millennium Window in the north Transept, and why we build new buildings like the Refectory and the Hostry.
One of the distinguishing features of Norwich, is the use of modern works of art to invigorate and beautify the Cathedral.
Some highlights include the following:
- Two new misericords were commissioned for the new Millennium featuring the University of East Anglia and Norwich City Football Club complete with club badge, players and supporters.
- The Millennium Window in the north Transept.
- The Rowntree Font. This was formerly used as part of the toffee making process in the Rowntree factory in Norwich.
- New statues on the west front.
The most ambitious of all our new commissions has been the £11 million project to build a new Refectory and Hostry on the site of their medieval equivalents. This bold initiative to create buildings to help us deliver the Benedictine traditions of hospitality and learning in ways suited to the new millennium was funded by the generosity of many individuals, trusts and businesses. Both buildings were designed by Hopkins Architects. The Refectory opened in 2004 and the Hostry Visitor and Education Centre in 2010.
"The Refectory and Hostry at Norwich are two of the most exciting and ambitious construction projects at an English cathedral in recent years. Each takes the historic function of a ruined medieval building and recasts it for the twenty-first century." English Heritage