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ELY CATHEDRAL ANNOUNCES SPACE THEMED FESTIVAL WITH A 'STAR' LINE UP

This week Ely Cathedral has announced an exciting programme of events for their up and coming Science Festival, 'The Sky's The Limit', with a focus on Space and Space Travel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

This family themed event takes place inside Ely's magnificent medieval Cathedral. Highlights include the installation of a seven metre diameter lunar replica, The Museum of the Moon, by artist Luke Jerram, which will be suspended from the Nave ceiling. This illuminated breath-taking installation reflects the exact imagery of the moon's surface from data collected by NASA.

With a focus on space exploration, artificial intelligence and future technologies the Festival's guest speakers will be the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees, Sky At Night presenters Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintott, and television celebrity and space enthusiast, Dallas Campbell. A space themed exhibition will run alongside the full programme of activities. Key exhibits will include meteorites, astronaut suits, a space toilet and space food alongside many other fascinating items on loan from The Science Museum, The Institute of Astronomy and The Sedgewick Museum in Cambridge.

Ely Cathedral Canon, Vicky Johnson, a former research scientist, who is overseeing the festival, said: "Ely is situated in part of the country where science and technology are an important part of the local economy. Through our Science Festivals we celebrate the opportunities that Science and Technology offer to the wellbeing and advancement of the human race. Our aim is to become a Cathedral for Science where Science and Faith can happily interact and learn from each other."

The Festival will run from 18 May to 9 June inclusive. A full programme of all the events highlighting details of all the activities, talks, music, cinema and art taking place is available in the Science Festival leaflet or online at www.elycathedral.org

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For further information please contact Lesley Ann Thompson - 01353 660350 / 07930 918885

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Dallas Campbell with his replica Neil Armstrong space suit (Natalie Shaw)

About Ely Cathedral

Highly regarded by historians and architects from all over the world for its beauty and size, Ely Cathedral is widely acknowledged as 'one of the wonders of the Medieval world'. Visible for miles around, the Cathedral is often referred to as 'The Ship of the Fens'.

The present building dates from 1081 and is a remarkable example of both Romanesque and Norman architecture. In addition to its unique Octagon Tower and magnificent Lady Chapel, Ely has the third longest nave of any UK Cathedral. The Cathedral's role today is not so far removed from its days as a Benedictine monastery and offers regular daily worship with a special emphasis on choral music. It still maintains a resident choir of 22 choristers and 6 lay clerks and so continues the tradition of choral evensong every day of the week during term time.

As well as being a major visitor attraction, the Cathedral serves as a cultural focal point for East Anglia by providing a unique venue for the arts and music, for exhibitions, concerts and theatre. Most recently Ely has gained global recognition a prominent film location including Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, Macbeth, The King's Speech and The Crown.