Cathedral to host bell ringing open day

Derby Cathedral will be holding its annual Bell Ringers Open Day on Saturday, August 17.

The event runs from 10.30am-4.30pm, giving visitors a chance to ring under careful supervision.

The Cathedral Tower will also be open for visitors and there will be ringing demonstrations.

Admission to the Cathedral Tower is £3 for adults and £2 for children (only children aged eight and over are admitted).

On display will be an exhibition of photographs of the bells. Visitors will also get the chance to watch and hear the mechanism that uses levers and hammers to play tunes on the cathedral’s bells and carillon.

Derby Cathedral boasts ten bells in its tower one of which was cast in 1520, during the reign of Henry VIII, and is still in use almost 500 years later, making it one of the oldest working objects in Derby.

Developed in England in the 17th Century, this system of change ringing is a unique form of music-making.

This means that it forms a significant part of English culture.