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PODSHOPS

So that we are compliant with Covid-19 regulations, we will be offering small 90 - 100 minute workshops for pods of students, initially in KS1-2. The 'podshops' that we will be offering from September are listed below. The cost of the workshop is £4.50 per child, per pod (up to 15 children). Workshops are available on Mondays, as this is when the Cathedral is at its quietest, and will be run outside in our story grove in the Almonry Gardens if the weather is fine. Should the weather dictate that we need to move inside, we are able to run the session inside the Cathedral.

Etheldreda: Join our story teller, Mildritha, as she explains the life and work of St Etheldreda. Children will enjoy an entertaining, costumed and interactive telling of the story and will finish their session by making a Saxon brooch or necklace fit for a princess. A follow up, written activity will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get back into school.

Brythnoth: Join Eawynn, servant to Aethelflaed (wife of Brythnoth) as she tells the story of this great Saxon warrior and one of the Cathedral's oldest residents. Eawynn will talk to children about The Battle of Maldon and the great gifts that Aethelflaed gave to the monastery here after the death of her husband. Children will finish their session by creating their own embroidery, remembering the great embroidery given to the monastery by Aethelflaed. A follow up, written activity around poetry will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get back into school.

Herbs and Medicine: Join our monastery herb-wife Fridgyth as she explains how herbs were used in the monastery for food and medicine. Children will enjoy an interactive demonstration of the different herbs that were grown and used by the monks here in Ely to help to treat some of the most common ailments such as Fen Ague. Children will finish their session by making their own medicinal herb pomander. A follow up, written activity around medicine will also be provided for you in pdf from so that children can continue their learning when they get back into school.

Gargoyles: Explore the gargoyles around the outside of the Cathedral and discover more about the history of these naughty creatures. Children will find out about the first gargoyle, Garguille, and how he came to become the very first gargoyle as well as the purpose of gargoyles and how to tell them apart from grotesques. We'll end the session by creating our own clay gargoyles and a follow up, creative writing activity will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get back into school.

Monastic Life: Join Brother Wilfred, our Novice Master, as he explains you new life as a monk here in Ely monastery. He will take children through the vows, day to day life and work of the Benedictine monks who lived here as they explore some of the medieval buildings that exist to this day. Children will get the opportunity to take part in some of the work of the monastery such as illuminating letters and making candles. A follow up, written activity around monastic life will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get back to school.

Medieval Pilgrims: Join Alys, a medieval merchants wife as she gets ready for her pilgrimage to Ely Cathedral. Alys will show children all the different things that she will need to pack, how she will find her way on her pilgrimage, the costs involved and why it is so important to her to carry out this pilgrimage to the shrine of St Etheldreda. After listening to Alys, children will be able to see a range of artefacts and have a go at making their own pilgrims badge. A follow up written activity around pilgrimage will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get back to school.