Official Opening

On Friday 15th April the opening of The Ornate and the Beautiful Exhibition took place at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells. This wonderful exhibition showcases a unique collection of ecclesiastical vestments from Downside Abbey and Wells Cathedral.

Downside has provided many items from its special collections, including medieval vestments, rare books from the library, archival material, croziers and abbatial rings and pectoral crosses. 

The exhibition was opened by Dom Leo Maidlow-Davis, Prior Administrator of Downside, and he cut the ribbon to the gallery after saying a few words. 

The exhibition runs from Saturday 16th April until Wednesday 31st August.