I was surprised that Bishop Richard had allowed this time at such a peak period, but when I mentioned that I would be brief, he smiled calmly and said there were plenty of people to help out. Most striking was his expressed sense of involvement.
'I always enjoy going to the Tower and of course, it is very anomalous – it being a Royal Palace, I’m there not as the Bishop of London but as Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal.
Well, I think it’s very remarkable, the efforts that have been made to secure the future of the chapel, because as you know it doesn’t have a significant endowment, but it has some very dedicated supporters – an enormous amount of work has been done. I really love going every Maundy Thursday, just before Easter. I think it’s a tradition which I’ve established and I’ve done it now for twenty years.
Clearly, museums have changed in our lifetime – they’re no longer repositories of dead objects, but places of fruitful and creative remembering, and places of ideas. I think it adds immeasurably to the attractions of the Tower that it isn’t a dead museum, but a living community, including the ravens, certainly including the congregation of St Peter ad Vincula, and I’m glad to think of it serving the St Katharine’s community again, which is one of the features of the life of St Peter ad Vincula, another way in which it is a very speaking place. There is a continuity of worship there. Every time we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, of course, we are doing something which unites us with the Church not only in every place but also in every time … this was an enactment that was present when the White Tower was consecrated and dedicated in Norman times.'.........