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First stones laid on Durham Cathedral’s new Great Kitchen floor following £121k Freemasons donation

First stones laid on Durham Cathedral’s new Great Kitchen floor following £121k Freemasons donation

A special cathedral restoration project has reached a landmark milestone thanks to a £121,000 community donation. Following a year-long fundraising appeal by local , the first stones of Durham Cathedral’s new Great Kitchen floor were laid as part of the religious site’s Open Treasure project. The current £10m programme of works will transform some of the Cathedral’s most historic buildings into exhibition spaces, with the Great Kitchen set to display the treasures of St Cuthbert alongside other items from the Cathedral collections and exhibits on loans. In support of the plans, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham invited individual and Lodges from the surrounding areas to support the appeal by sponsoring a stone tile, to be laid on the floor of the Great Kitchen.