Celebrating the Chavasse family


This Autumn we continue our series of exhibitions to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. The Archive team will be celebrating the Chavasse family in 2017.

The Chavasse family were instrumental in the creation of Liverpool Cathedral. Francis James Chavasse was an Anglican bishop and father of four sons who served with distinction in the First World War. In 1900 he was appointed as the second Bishop of Liverpool and held the see from 1900 to 1923, during which time he played a large part in the commissioning and the early phases of construction of Liverpool Cathedral.

To commemorate the Chavasse family we will be holding several events in the Cathedral.

September 12th – October 8th an exhibition “Celebrating the Chavasse family” will be on display in the Memorial Chapel. 

September 15th & 16th - A drama presentation “Brothers in Arms” the story of Noel and Christopher Chavasse, twin sons of the Bishop of Liverpool. Tickets will be available shortly £3 There will be access to the exhibition before the drama. Doors will open at 18.10; performance at 19.30 in the Lady Chapel.

September 18th - An evening of Conversation in conjunction with Liverpool University Continuing Education. Lady Chapel 18.30

Dr Fiona Reid highlights the way in which soldier recognised the signs of mental trauma and tried to support in each other in ways that were not always effective but were based on compassion and understanding.

Free admission.

September 21st, 28th “The Chavasse experience”

Join us for workshops looking at the life of Noel Chavasse. The Education team will lead workshops for adults. These will include a WW1 trail of the Cathedral, a presentation on the life on Noel Chavasse and the opportunity to create a piece of BookArt. Further details will be available on the Cathedral website.

If you have any memories of the Chavasse family we would love to hear from you as we plan our exhibition. Please contact Canon Val Jackson val.jackson@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk