Most people will have walked past Ripon Cathedral’s Bone Crypt without giving it a second glance. The building, which is located by one of the main thoroughfares through the churchyard, hosted thousands of human bones until 150 years ago, when it was cleared and eventually converted into a functioning chapel.

However, after research undertaken by Joseph Priestley, a local Heritage Learning Officer, the chapel will once again return to its original function – storing bones – but just for one day!

Joe, along with researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Charnel Chapel Research Project, will be holding an open day featuring interactive activities for children and adults. The Open Day will run from 10am to 4pm on the 31st May with workshop slots available from 11-1pm and 2 – 4pm.
Limited spaces are available for the workshops so please sign up by contacting [email protected] or ring the Cathedral Office on 0176 603462.