Every Day Opening – 1st Week Success

On 1st April, St. Augustine’s began opening to the public every day, 10am-4pm. This is a major step forward, as our purpose is to be visited. St. Augustine’s audience is varied: religious pilgrims, Pugin fans (of all degrees of knowledge), architects and architectural historians, schoolchildren, families… many people fit into more than one category, and we try to accommodate them all. Therefore being open every day of the week is a very important step.
In the first week we welcomed approximately 100 people – an incredible number considering the amount of publicity and expected numbers. The number of people who must previously have walked past, or travelled especially expecting the place to be open, must be very high. We are pleased to be able to serve them every day and allow them to see the unexpected glory inside.