Blackburn Cathedral is an exciting educational resource in the urban heart of a thriving multi-faith town. Learning is brought to life in this vivid, historic and spiritual context on a site where Christian worship has taken place for more than 1000 years.
Educational visits for schools and colleges are an important part of the work of the cathedral. Students of all ages are able to experience learning within the very special setting of a cathedral building where daily prayer is still offered today, as it has been over the centuries, and where the architectural framework of our religious and cultural heritage is ever present.
WHY bring your pupils to Blackburn Cathedral?
Providing children and young people with the opportunity to explore and experience ‘sacred space’ at first hand is the most effective way to introduce the concept of spirituality. A visit to the Cathedral can evoke in children a sense of mystery, awe and wonder and ultimately the awareness of something greater than themselves.
But Blackburn Cathedral is much more than an amazing space and bringing your pupils to this inspiring classroom can be a springboard to support study in many curriculum areas. It can also provide opportunities for all pupils to connect with, explore and begin to understand their own spiritual dimension in a way that is not possible within a classroom setting.
Using the Cathedral as the focus and the starting point for our exciting learning programme our aim for each visit is to inspire a sense of awe and wonder, as well as developing learning through a range of first-hand experiences and practical sessions. We can offer a range of creative, innovative and page-appropriate activities, trails and workshops, all designed to give your pupils opportunities to
• Explore the space
• Understand and Interpret the space
• Experience the space
• Respond to the space
Each visit is an active learning experience designed to encourage pupils to ask questions and we hope to provide experiences and memories that will last beyond the length of their visit. We are always happy to adapt and develop our workshops to meet your pupils’ particular needs.