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Bristol Cathedral's fascinating archives go on show
Cary Grant on the roof of the Cathedral with Dean Harrison in 1965
A photo of Cary Grant on the cathedral roof was found during the archive project

A newly-discovered photo of Cary Grant, 14th Century sheet music and documents charting concern over Concorde's sonic booms are all part of a new exhibition.

They have come from the archives of Bristol Cathedral and go on display at the city's record office in March.

The exhibition, Treasures in Store, is the culmination of a year-long project to catalogue and conserve artefacts from the diocesan archives.

It will be on display at the record office from 26 March to 21 May 2010.

City archivist John Williams said: "The cathedral and diocese have played an integral part in the history of Bristol and and the surrounding region.

"Their archives provide a fascinating source of historical material for anyone interested in ecclesiastical history, as well as for all those studying local and family history."

Special recording

One the oldest items in the collection to be conserved is a Temporale, an illuminated 14th Century manuscript containing scores for music that would have been sung during services.

Visitors will be able to listen to a recording of part of the Temporale by members of the Cathedral Choir which has been made especially for the exhibition.

During the course of the project many photographs and documents have come to light regarding the rebuilding of the cathedral nave during the late 19th Century.

Many of them have now been digitised and are also included in the exhibition, as is a newly-discovered photo of Bristol-born actor Cary Grant.

The movie icon was snapped on the roof of the cathedral in 1965 to promote a restoration appeal.

Among the more unusual items are documents relating to the development of Concorde during the 1960s, which reveal that cathedral clergy were concerned about the possibility of damage to the cathedral from caused by the aircraft's sonic booms.

A catalogue of the archives can be searched online at www.bristol.gov.uk/recordoffice

A touring version of the exhibition will be at Bristol Cathedral from April 17 to April 29, before travelling to Malmesbury Abbey and Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham during May and Bristol Central Library for the whole of August.

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