The Birth of the Willis Organ

Join us for the second of two talks uncovering the story behind our famous ‘Father Willis’ organ revealing how the world of Anthony Trollope’s Barchester really existed in 19th century Salisbury!

Following his first talk about the personalities behind the birth of the organ, Alan Willis will next reveal the arguments over the siting of the organ and how the "nude unsightliness" of its pipes was to be concealed. The talk will be based on letters and documents kept in the Cathedral archive and which have recently, for the first time, been transcribed by a group of archive volunteers. Alan has been a volunteer Cathedral steward for many years: despite his name Alan is not related to Father Willis!

This event is free, no booking required.

Salisbury cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EF

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Wednesday 26th February, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm

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