Marks of devotion: exploring historic graffiti in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

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The distinctive red sandstone edifice of St Magnus Cathedral is an unmistakeable landmark in Orkney’s largest town – as well as a fascinating repository of Kirkwall’s history. A recent graffiti survey there has recorded hundreds of markings and inscriptions dating from the medieval period to the present day. What can they tell us about the hopes, fears, and experiences of generations of visitors to the sacred site? Carly Hilts toured the cathedral with custodian Fran Flett Hollinrake to find out more.

Period1 Dec 2022

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  • St Magnus Cathedral
  • Orkney
  • Graffiti