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Author George Demidowicz on Radio 4's Today programme discussing finds at Coventry Cathedral JULY 2015

Interview by John Humphries on recent archaeological discoveries follows review in Telegraph of new book

George Demidowicz was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme this morning (16 July) about recent discoveries in the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral, which was bombed during the Second World War.

Conservation works are ongoing to stabilise the old crypt which requires making the floor above it watertight. Before the floor is sealed, for the next two weeks the public will be able to see the archaeological finds. And so, for the first time in 75 years, the original stone floor of the medieval Cathedral can be seen. Interviewer John Humphries was excited to hear of the discoveries, commenting 'What a find!'

The interview will remain online for a month, and can be heard here at about 2 hours 49 minutes into the programme.

George Demidowicz is the lead archaeologist on the works. His new book St Michael's Coventry: The Rise and Fall of the Old Cathedral, co-authored with the stained-glass expert Heather Gilderdale Scott, with an introduction by Jonathan Foyle, is available now. It was recently featured in the Telegraph by Christopher Howse, who noted how 'before the Blitz, the church of St Michael, Coventry, was a wonder. Now it is receiving well-deserved attention.'

Below: St Michael's, Coventry  - credit: ITV News Central