May I have a word about… the Chichester cathedral experience | Jonathan Bouquet - Steel Detailing Services | Rebar Detailing Services | Steel Fabricators USA

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

May I have a word about… the Chichester cathedral experience | Jonathan Bouquet

In a building as beautiful as this, do we really need someone to tell us what to think? Ah, but what a blissful sound last Sunday morning, as the church bells rang out in town for the first time since heaven knows when. To my untutored ear, they sounded a mite scratchy, but little wonder after so many fallow months. This was swiftly followed by the news of the reopening of Chichester cathedral. Interviewed on local television to announce these uplifting tidings was the cathedral’s “visitor experience manager”. A what? I’m sure in the good old days such people were known as guides and dressing up such people with fancy titles is one of the besetting sins of our time. Quite how you manage an experience is beyond me. All you need to do in such a glorious building is open your eyes and succumb in wonderment (though I would recommend you avert your gaze from Noli Me Tangere by Graham Sutherland on the altar of the Mary Magdalene chapel). We’re not talking about theme parks here, after all. Continue reading...
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