St Columb’s Cathedral’s impressive photographic exhibition, ‘If Stones Could Speak’, wasformally opened by the renowned BBC broadcaster, Helen Mark, at a ceremony in the Cathedral on Friday evening led by the Dean of Derry, Very Rev’d Raymond Stewart.
Among those present at the event’s official launch was the Deputy Lieutenant for Londonderry, Mrs Jean Davidson.
Dean Stewart said the name given to the exhibition, ‘If Stones Could Speak’, had a special significance for St Columb’s Cathedral, reminding us of a story of people spanning almost 400 years.
One real life story had a new final chapter written on Friday evening when Antrim woman Liz McCord was reunited with a bible previously owned by her great-aunt. It had been discovered by Cathedral parishioner Pauline Doherty who had been searching for photographs and memorabilia for the exhibition, and Liz was tracked down through social media.
The ‘If Stones Could Speak’ exhibition, which will run until Saturday 6th July, is believed to be one of the largest photographic exhibitions held in the North West for some time.It features around 30 panels of photographs on subjects including Derry Past, Cathedral Life and Organisations, WW1 and WW2, Royal Visits, the Shirt Industry, Mothers’ Union; and Cecil Frances Alexander. ‘If Stones Could Speak’ also features rarely-seen artefacts and memorabilia, including albums and scrapbooks of life in the Cathedral during the era of Dean L. Lawrenson, which have been gifted to the Cathedral by Dean Lawrenson’s son, Canon Ronnie Lawrenson.
Visitors will also be able to look at hundreds of other old photographs that are not included in the exhibition itself but will be available for viewing via a television ‘loop’.
‘If Stones Could Speak’ will be open to the public from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (Monday - Saturday only).The exhibition is free but donations to the Fabric Fund will be gratefully received.