Fourteen centuries ago the Culdees (Friends of God) established a missionary church in Dunkeld.

The present Cathedral was built between the mid 13th and 14th centuries, and now another group of "Friends" seeks to ensure that this heritage of Christian witness is fully maintained.

The Society of Friends was formed in 1976 through the enthusiasm and inspiration of our first Chairman, the late Mrs Stewart Stevens of Balnakeilly, Pitlochry.

Today's Friends still care about the history, the place and the community in the 21st Century. We live in different times from when our great establishments benefited from the protection and support of individuals or families.

Now, however, the warmth of support is more likely to come from groups of like-minded people with shared interests, whether these be history (secular or religious), education, architecture or landscape. All these elements are here in Dunkeld and the objectives of the Society of Friends include “the preservation of the fittings and furnishing of the Choir and stimulation of interest in the Cathedral”.

The Cathedral grounds, Nave and Tower are cared for by Historic Scotland as an ancient monument of national importance. The Choir and adjoining Chapter House are used and maintained by the local congregation as the Parish Church and community museum.


First of all, the Council of the Friends is in close touch with the Church to establish needs which could be met by Fundraising. These projects might be decorative or functional, which may seem mundane, but we have other responsibilities which are perhaps more long-term and satisfying to the individuals concerned. These are guided tours in the summer season (or by appointment), an education pack for children, and the Chapter House Museum and Archive.

Cathedral Chairs
The Friends financed a project to provide special chairs for use at weddings, baptisms, funerals and other special occasions in the Cathedral.
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Embroidery
The Friends have also sponsored an embroidery project, for cushions for the elders' chairs and new falls. The work has been undertaken by members of the Congregation.
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Museum and Archive
The Society of the Friends furnished the Cathedral Chapter House as a small museum with archives and a reading room on the floor above.
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The Friends hold two main events each year to which all members are invited.

Autumn Gathering

In October there is "The Autumn Gathering" when Friends get together to listen to an eminent speaker and to share a supper. This convivial social occasion is always well attended and greatly enjoyed.

Annual General Meeting

In March each year Friends attend the Annual General Meeting at the Cathedral when the Chairman reports on the year's activities and, again, we are addressed by a well known speaker. This is followed by supper at a local hostelry. Details of this year's event are as follows:

BBC Radio 4 ToDay programme presenter

JAMES NAUGHTIE

will be speaking at this year’s
Friends of Dunkeld Cathedral
Spring Gathering and AGM.

Come and join us on the 20th April at 7pm in The Royal Dunkeld Hotel.
Tickets cost £20 each  and include a buffet supper.

Contact:
Ted Carr on 01738  710  654
Mobile: 07821  940  22
Email: friends@dunkeldcathedral.org.uk

 

Lectures
The museum and archives volunteers would be pleased to give talks on the history of the cathedral and Dunkeld to interested clubs and societies. 

Memorabilia
We welcome all forms of memorabilia relating to Dunkeld and Birnam, either for retention or on long term loan. The museum is a registered member of the Museums and Galleries Commission which ensures qualified documentation and preservation of all items in its care.


For lifelong Friends, the cost is only £100.00.There is also an Annual Membership available for £10.00.

There are currently 2 ways to become a member:

By post:

Please download and print this form, complete and return to the address noted.

By telephone:

Please contact Mr. Keith Simpson on 01350 723 213