St Edmundsbury Cathedral will be transformed into an exhibition space, a lecture theatre, a music hall and a top restaurant over the coming months.
The cathedral has unveiled a calendar packed with a diverse range of events.
The treasury will be opened as an exhibition space, the second Cathedral Organ Festival will be launched at the Cathedral, there will be a series of historical lectures and a 24-hour poetry reading, as well a series of events to celebrate London 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The cathedral will also be welcoming the Right Rev Graeme Knowles, former Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, to take services during Holy Week.
The services between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday will be the first to be undertaken by the former dean since he resigned from his position at St Paul’s Cathedral over the Occupy London protests in October.
The remodelled treasury will open as an exhibition space next Saturday.
Silverware from the 16th century as well a collection of books and the Bury Cross will all be put on public display.
Chris Burdon, Canon Theologian at the cathedral, said: “This is an exciting new development at the cathedral and will be an additional attraction for visitors.
“We are particularly pleased to be able to have the Bury Cross, a replica of the original Cloisters Cross made in the Abbey of St Edmund, on display.”
The Cloisters Cross is believed to have been carved by Master Hugo at Bury St Edmunds Abbey in the 12th century.
The highly intricate Bury Cross, which shows 99 figures from The Bible, was cast from the original Cloisters Cross in 2005.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral and grounds will be also be transformed into a sports arena for a Festival of Sport to celebrate London 2012 as well as a top restaurant for the highest bidder in the Friends of the Cathedral Choir Something Special Auction.
Details of the auction lots can be seen at www.stedsfocc.co.uk