Birmingham Cathedral Launches New Guide Book During Special Tercentenary Year

Pictured from left: Historian Chris Rice, The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham and Dr Malcolm Dick from History West Midlands

St Philip’s has welcomed the first print for a new guide book featuring the rich history of the cathedral and its grounds.

Thanks to a generous donation from History West Midlands, the 36 page guide book tells story of how the church became a cathedral in a town that became a city.

The guide has been written by historian Chris Rice and includes contributions and archive images from the Library of Birmingham and Birmingham Museums Trust. The book retails at £4.99 and is available in the Cathedral Shop or online at

In 1715, the church of St Philips was consecrated. This year we celebrate our tercentenary with a range of heritage, arts, pilgrimages and special events.

Jane McArdle Heritage Lottery Funded Heritage Officer said:

“It’s wonderful to be able to showcase the significance and beauty of this special place at the heart of the city.”

Dr Malcolm Dick from History West Midlands added:

‘‘The guide book is a very attractive and informative introduction to a great building. It is a privilege to support the cathedral, which contributes so much to the life of Birmingham, in such an important year.”

Anyone interested in lending their support to the cathedral’s heritage programme should contact
Jane McArdle by emailing



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