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Cathedral lifts ban on cameras for the first time

Wed 06 Mar 2019
By Alex Williams

Visitors to a cathedral in the North East of England are being allowed to take photos of its interior for the first time.

A decision by bosses at Durham Cathedral to relax the rules comes into force on Friday. Taking photographs for personal use has been banned at the 920-year-old landmark to help protect "peaceful worship".

Canon Chancellor Charlie Allen, said: "It is important for us to reflect that we are a living, working, progressive place of worship, with many visitors wanting to create lasting visual memories of their time at Durham Cathedral."

 

Despite the rule being dropped, flash photography will remain prohibited and areas including the Gregory Chapel shall remain photography-free. Camera use will still not be permitted during services.

 

Charlie Allen added: "With the rapid advancement of social media, a lot of our visitors are keen to share their experience with family and friends, and it feels good that we can now encourage them to do so, spreading the wonder of Durham Cathedral and all that it represents to a wider audience."

 

Some Church of England sites including St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey continue to operate strict no-camera polices. Other Anglican landmarks are more lenient, such as Canterbury Cathedral.

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