History will come to life in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on Saturday September 7, when the cathedral steps 120 years back in time to the day the foundation stone for the vast building was laid.
Reliving that historic day in 1899 will be faces from the past, among them architect Sir Thomas Drew, Constance Ashley-Cooper – Countess of Shaftesbury who laid the foundation stone – and Henry O’Hara, who was Dean of Belfast in 1899.
Thanks to Footsteps NI, these Victorian guests will be present in the cathedral on from 11.30am-1pm and again from 1.30pm to 3pm, telling their stories and reliving memories.
The foundation stone of the present cathedral was laid on September 6 1899. Building began around the old church, which continued to be used for services until the end of 1903, by which time the tower of little St Anne’s had been dismantled and the church was no longer visible from the street. For five months the congregation worshipped in the Clarence Place Hall in May Street.
As well as living history talks on September 7, there will be fun arts and craft activities for kids to enjoy.
Normal admission fees apply.