On Sunday 29 September, visitors to St Albans Cathedral have the chance to be amongst the first to see the Nave of the Cathedral as never before as breath-taking light projections lift the veil of time and reveals how the wall paintings may have looked in all their medieval glory.  Between 1pm and 5pm visitors will be able to hear from Cathedral Guides who will explain how these works of art were created as the paintings on the south facing pillars of the nave are re-coloured before their eyes.

Dating from the early 13th to the 16th century, the medieval wall paintings in St Albans Cathedral are some of the finest surviving in the British Isles. Through painstaking research and state of the art light projections, four of the nave’s medieval wall paintings have been reconstructed as part of the Cathedral’s Alban, Britain’s First Saint project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Very Rev’d Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans Cathedral commented “We have long wanted to lift the veil of time to see how these paintings might have appeared… Thanks to the generosity of the NLHF we have been able to do this and seeing them helps us understand why pilgrims of the Middle Ages are said to have fallen to their knees in wonder.”

The newly illuminated wall paintings in England’s longest nave is just one in a series of autumn illuminations organised by St Albans Cathedral. Other events include Space Voyage, a five night son-et-lumiere installation celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landings, and the annual Fireworks Spectacular in Verulamium Park.