Friends of Durham Cathedral

Welcome to the Friends of Durham Cathedral. We are an international association of some 3,000 members, sharing a love of Durham Cathedral and eagerness to cherish “Britain’s favourite building” for future generations.

We exist to support the Cathedral Chapter in maintaining and enhancing the Cathedral and its beautiful surroundings. We make annual grants to support the work of the Cathedral’s historic library, the maintenance of the riverbanks, the Education service and the team of volunteer broderers.

Most of our funds (which derive from members’ subscriptions, donations and legacies) are committed to major projects undertaken by the Chapter to meet the needs of the Cathedral’s mission in the modern world: the Friends are amongst the principal donors to the exciting and visionary Open Treasure project, and to restoration work on the central Tower.

The Sanctuary Knocker