King’s proud to sponsor Extraordinary Women exhibition at Chester Cathedral

The King’s School is proud to announce its sponsorship of the upcoming photographic exhibition, Extraordinary Women: Images of Courage, Endurance, and Defiance, at Chester Cathedral. 

Opening on 10 June, this moving, contemplative, and emotionally-charged exhibition will tell the story of women living through the harsh realities of war, poverty, and adversity.

Curated by Photo North, the exhibition showcases a collection of photographs by award-winning photographer Tom Stoddart (1953-2021) who, in a career that spanned 50 years, was known and celebrated for capturing the human response to extreme situations. 

Tim Stratford, Dean of Chester, explained why Chester Cathedral was chosen to host the first exhibition of Stoddart’s work since his passing in November last year.

He said: “The work of Tom Stoddart is challenging, thought-provoking, and moving: all qualities present in our own Cathedral.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide a space for people to encounter this poignant body of work focussed on women, particularly in this year of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”

Chester Cathedral is partnering with Chester Women’s Aid (CWA) for the Extraordinary Women exhibition and in a dedicated space alongside the exhibition, visitors will be able to find out more about the charity’s vital work in the local community. 

King’s Headmaster George Hartley is proud to support Chester Cathedral with this event. 

He said: “Through his photographs, Tom Stoddart told powerful stories and I am proud that our sponsorship of this exhibition will help bring these to a wider audience in Chester.

“Although his photos span 50 years of history, their message of courage and strength is as relevant now as it has ever been.”


Extraordinary Women: Images of Courage, Endurance, and Defiance is open to visitors from 10 June – 11 July at Chester Cathedral.

Entry to the exhibition is free of charge, donations are welcome.