The Jubilee Oak Table
A 13m long table created from a 5,000-year-old fossilised black oak tree, discovered in the fens will be on display in the Cathedral from 18 May 2022 until March 2023. Admission to see the table is via Cathedral Visitor ticket or pass.
The giant black oak tree was found in a field at Wissington Fen in 2012, the year of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. For the past 10 years, a team of privately funded specialist crafts people have created a stunning sculptured table, from the 5000 year old wood, preserving it in perpetuity for future generations to admire and use.
The initial plan was for the table to be exhibited in the Lady Chapel, but the sheer size limited any other activities taking place with the space. Instead it will be located in the main Cathedral, in the north nave aisle, where visitors can feel the table and appreciate the size and craftsmanship.
Information boards will detail the history of black oak (known locally as ‘bog oak’), and highlight elements of the 10 year project including its commemoration to HM The Queen.
The Dean of Ely, The Very Revd Mark Bonney said “Black oak is a significant feature of the fenland landscape, as is the Cathedral, so we are delighted that such a noteworthy piece of craftsmanship should make its debut appearance in the Cathedral. The table has been dedicated to HM The Queen and we feel very honoured to be the first venue to host it, in this her Platinum Jubilee year”.
Find out more about the Fenland Black Oak Project via their website
Read the Ely Standard story of the table arriving at Ely Cathedral on 9 May here
HRH The Princess Royal was at Ely Cathedral on 17 May for the official unveiling of the Fenland Black Oak Table, which has been dedicated to HM The Queen in the year of her Platinum Jubilee.
The event was attended by over 250 guests who had been involved in the project, in its production or funding and support.
Jubilee Black Oak Table Merchandise
A bundle of merchandise is available to purchase from our online shop. The bundle includes a bookmark, greetings card, 3 postcards and a tote bag. Find out more and view in the shop here