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LEARNING
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS ALIKE

"WE AIM TO MAKE THE CATHEDRAL ACCESSIBLE TO YOUNG PEOPLE, BOTH AS A BUILDING AND AS A LIVING COMMUNITY OF FAITH" - ELY CATHEDRAL SCHOOL GUIDES MISSION STATEMENT.

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 and the current government guidelines, we are not currently able to offer our usual range of activities. However, we are able to offer a variety of sessions on-line.

If you were booked in for one of our Story and Songtime sessions or a Home Educators Podshop, your booking has been automatically transferred to our virtual sessions. We have had to adapt the content of our Podshops so that they best suit online learning and they are now as follows:

8 March - Hereward the Wake
Discover the story of Hereward the Wake and the fall of Ely to the Normans. Hear from Hereward, Abbot Thurston and the Norman general to find out who did what and to who! Decide who you think was in the right and explore how history can help us understand the present when you find out more about Ely as a place of refuge during the Norman Conquest.

22 March - Medieval Easter with Ellyn
Find out how medieval people prepared for and celebrated Easter. Ellyn will demonstrate the food that would be eaten, the games that would be played and the decorations that would have been made as well as the key religious observances. You'll be able to try your hand at egg decorating and bake your own barley bread ready to give out alms on Maundy Thursday.

12 April - Pilgrims of Ely
Alys prepares to go on pilgrimage to Ely - but what will she need to take with her? Discover how our medieval ancestors used to prepare for pilgrimage and why it was so important for them to go on these journey's. You'll find out about Chaucer and the stories that he write about pilgrims before creating your own "Ely Tale".

26 April - Cromwell
A supporter of Cromwell and a supporter of the recently deceased King explain what has happened in England and what's about to happen at the Cathedral. Decide which side you would have been on and look for evidence that Ely Cathedral was, as Cromwell accused, too Catholic. You'll also find out about the mystery of the missing brasses.

​You will receive a pdf pack of resources before each session to help children to engage with the activities before and after. Each session will start at 1pm.

Since we are now offering these online, we are able to allocate more places. Should you wish to book a place on one of the above Podshops do so at the link below.

We are also able to offer a range of virtual lessons for schools, please contact learning@elycathedral.org for further information and to book.