Free teacher training day at Lincoln Cathedral on local heritage

We are preparing to host a free teacher training session to help teachers and school children develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance.

The training day, which takes place on 1 February from 2pm-5pm at 27 Minister Yard, a property to the left of the Cathedral’s main entrance, will be facilitated by Historic England, and will offer a practical, hands-on session looking at how historic maps and aerial photographs of Lincoln can provide a starting point for local study in schools. A teacher training session held by Historic England

Teachers will have the opportunity to find out more about the exciting Connected project and how they can get involved on the day too.

At the training day, Historic England will show teachers how to trace changes over time, develop chronological understanding and will provide a step by step guide on how to carry out a local history study using census data and free websites, with the aim of giving children a sense of pride in where they live.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the exciting future for school visits at Lincoln Cathedral once the new learning centre is developed.

This day will give teachers the chance to link Lincoln’s history with their curriculum to inspire real and relevant learning experiences for their students. It’s brilliant to be able to share more stories of the Cathedral with teachers, which in turn will be passed on to students, hopefully sparking further interest in this magnificent building.

Places are limited and we’ve already had a number of bookings, so we would encourage people to reserve their place by contacting Lincoln Cathedral or Historic England.

The event is fully funded by the Heritage Schools Programme and is free to teachers and students from all Lincolnshire school. In addition, state schools can claim a contribution of £75 towards the cost of cover for one teacher.

To register your interest please email kate.argyle@HistoricEngland.org.uk or education@lincolncathedral.com

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New backpack initiative

We are pleased to introduce our new visitor backpacks for families to help them explore different aspects of Lincoln Cathedral.

A child using the Lincoln Cathedral Connected backpacks

The backpacks, which are free to use as an interactive trail of the Cathedral, will feature five different themes and will contain booklets, information, replica items, puzzles, challenges, and in some cases real artefacts. They are designed to engage families with the Cathedral’s stories, people, archaeology and architecture through activities.

The themes currently include; ‘Animal Adventure’ for three to six-year olds, which is about finding the many animal carvings around the cathedral, and ‘Work, Work, Work’ for six to 11-year olds, which teaches children about how crafts people keep the Cathedral alive today. There will also be a ‘Pilgrimage’ pack, ‘Cathedral Creatures’ and ‘Signs and Symbols’ packs coming soon.

This initiative is an important part of the work we are doing as part of the Connected project to encourage families to visit the Cathedral and to learn about this internationally important building and its rich history.

There are so many parts of the Cathedral that many people won’t have explored yet and these backpacks will allow families to venture deeper into the Cathedral and have fun whilst doing so.

This scheme is part of the exciting education and interpretation programme that we are introducing as part of the Connected project, and we hope that families enjoy using the backpacks.

The backpacks are a permanent feature to the Cathedral and more themes will be introduced in the coming months.

The packs are available on request at the Entry Desk during most opening times.