Education at Durham Cathedral
Welcome to the Education Service at Durham Cathedral. This magnificent Norman building, a living church with its sense of awe and wonder is the perfect environment to support your work with children and young adults.
Our aim is to provide activities and resources that support RE and the National Curriculum. We employ methods and hands-on activities that will present Durham Cathedral as a unique educational resource and one which can not be replicated in the classroom!
The Education Service is staffed by an Education Officer, Assistant Education Officer and Education Assistant, with a team of talented and experienced volunteers. We have all undergone CRB clearance.
Usually the first response children of all ages make when they enter Durham Cathedral is “Wow!” We hope to build on that response and give children an experience that will linger long in their hearts and minds.
The education pages outline the activities and resources currently available; however, we are happy to adapt them to meet your pupil's needs.
Please contact us on 0191 386 4266 (Ext 4) or email email@example.com for more information and advice.
Mission Statement of Durham Cathedral Education Service:
“To support the work and the objectives of the Chapter of Durham Cathedral to welcome all who visit, regardless of background and intention. To develop Durham Cathedral as a centre for education and to preserve its status as a working church and a World Heritage Site. To promote an understanding of the religious and historical content of Durham Cathedral and precincts past, present and future.”
Durham Cathedral’s Education Service wins prestigious Sandford Award
The Cathedral’s Education team was awarded the prestigious Sandford Award in November 2011 in Durham Cathedral. This award recognises excellence in the field of education by museums, galleries, historic properties and of course cathedrals. It is regarded as the prestigious award for education outside the classroom and only a small percentage of sites achieve an award each year.
The judges sent a comprehensive report which included this citation:
“Teachers and pupils visiting Durham Cathedral can be assured of a first class, enjoyable educational experience tailored to their needs and led by a delightful, extremely professional education team. The varied programme of workshops and tours engage pupils of all ages with the majesty of the building as well as conveying something of the significance of the church in society over the centuries, providing ‘new’ ideas and encouraging thought.”