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Was at  Wakefield Cathedral this Friday to photograph as part of the 366 Days Project. The cathedral has a fabulous atmosphere and it was lovely to visit there again.


Last year while on my residency at Westgate Studios, Wakefield I wandered in to Wakefield Cathedral.

Instantly I fell in love with the building and its atmosphere. I asked if it would be possible to photograph the interior of the cathedral and was allowed to do so as long as the photographs were for private use and not for sale.

I spent a wonderful hour and a half in the cathedral and was incredibly sad at the thought of the possibility of not returning there again.

At the end of 2011 heard of the 366 Photography Project  asking for photographers to documenting the life of Wakefield Cathedral as renovations are carried out there through out 2012 and applied to take part.

I was horrified today to visit Wakefield Cathedral’s 366 Days blog to read of the impact that George Osborne’s recent heritage VAT rule changes have had on their renovation budget and the effect on the current building works.

”Wakefield Cathedral has launched a national campaign to urgently address the Chancellor’s recent Budget announcement that 20% VAT will be charged on renovations to listed buildings.

As you know, the Cathedral has already begun work on the Project 2013 redevelopment of the nave. The area has been closed to the public and turned into a building site; so the project cannot simply be put on hold while the additional hundreds of thousands of pounds needed to pay this new tax are raised.

This not only affects Wakefield Cathedral, but will also potentially affect care of every listed building in the UK – our precious and vulnerable heritage.

Please take the time to read the press release for save our heritage and the letter to PM in which he succinctly explains the impact of this tax on Wakefield Cathedral. ” ( from  Wakefield cathedral’s 366 weblog)

Below are 2 links of ditties from Wakefield cathedral about this situation:

VAT ditty 1

VAT ditty – the sequel

I dearly hope that the government will listen and rethink their  current heritage VAT policy.

I would ask anyone who would like to to add their signature to Wakefield Cathedral’s e-petition against George Osborne’s new Heritage VAT by clicking here.