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Pulling Out the Stops

Pulling out the stops organ exhibition

Pulling out the stops organ exhibition virtual organ


Whilst our famous Father Willis organ is being restored, a special interactive exhibition titled Pulling Out the Stops will be on display. 


North Transept

Saturday 16 February until 10 November 2019 

Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00 


Visitors will be able to learn about the rich history of the organ, from its installation in 1877 to the present day. As part of the exhibition, visitors will be able to play a keyboard and pull out stops on a touch screen to recreate the unique sound of our Father Willis organ!


Other interactive features will include a model organ, parts from the organ itself, viewing windows for seeing the restoration as it happens, a children's activity sheet and videos that take us behind the scenes. 

Exhibition curated by Dr Alexandra Woodall and designed by RFA Design. 

Heritage Lottery Funded Salisbury Cathedral

View exhibition text here   



Watch the video below of John, our Assistant Director of Music, explaining why this restoration work is taking place. 



Watch a time-lapse of the first pipes being removed.



Would you like to help save our organ?

Repairing our organ will cost £700,000 and we need help to fund this important work. There will be a contactless donation point at the exhibition, or you can click here to donate. We hugely appreciate donations of any amount. For more information contact Jilly Wright on 01722 555122 or j.wright@salcath.co.uk