Richard Sadler was the Cathedral’s first official photographer. In 1961 he was appointed by Provost Williams to record the final stages of construction and the completed Cathedral architecture.
Richard died in 2020. He left a tremendous photo archive and for the last year the FRIENDS have been working with Coventry Photo Miners and Richard’s family to make his Cathedral photos available in time for the Cathedral Diamond Jubilee.
Pioneering Coventry: the post-war photography of Richard Sadler is the overall title of three exhibitions of the Richard Sadler collection of Coventry photographs now made possible with assistance from the City of Culture Trust. The exhibitions are in the Old Grammar School, Hales Street and are:
- Pioneering People: Sadler and the City (8th February: preview by invitation; open to public 16 Feb - 9 Mar 2022) - Follow this link to the City of Culture website
- Pioneering Industry: Sadler and Courtaulds (15th March: preview by invitation; open to public 23 Mar - 13 Apr 2022) - Follow this link to the City of Culture website
- Pioneering Arts: Sadler and the Cathedral (24th April: preview by invitation; open to public 4 May - 25 May) - Follow this link to the City of Culture website
The Cathedral photos catch moments in Cathedral life that will never be repeated. They are an exciting record. You will not want to miss them.
Follow this link to an article on the Coventry Society's website about the exhibition.
The exhibition of Cathedral photos has been arranged by the FRIENDS in celebration of the Cathedral's Diamond Jubilee. It will open from Tuesday to Sunday between 4th May and 25th May. Each day has two 3 hour sessions - 10am to 4pm.
The Cathedral Photo Exhibition is an opportunity for members of the FRIENDS to assist:
A number of Coventry City Hosts will be present each day for security purposes. It would be ideal if at each session we could find an additional steward familiar with the Cathedral’s story to answer any visitor questions.
Please let the Friends chairman (Martin Williams) know if you can spare one or more 3 hour sessions during the five weeks of the Cathedral Exhibition. Email