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Durham Cathedral launches brand new virtual education tours

09 October 2020

For the first time ever, Durham Cathedral is rolling out their award-winning educational cathedral tours in a digital format.

Available to book now, there's a huge range of interactive tours available, based on the cathedral’s already well established education tours. Children will be able to learn about monastic life in the medieval period and the impact of the Reformation to support work in history. Marvel at the architecture and art both in the stained glass and the intricate patterns employed by Norman stonemasons. Discover the story behind two of the North East's most lauded saints, St Cuthbert and St Bede.

The tours will be delivered via Zoom, providing schools and collages with the opportunity to explore the cathedral and its extensive treasured collections from the comfort and safety of the classroom. Zoom will allow teachers to connect the tour to whiteboards meaning all pupils can watch at once.

All of the tours are linked to the National Curriculum and Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, meaning that just because school visits are out of the question at the moment, children don't have to miss out on the experience of learning about the great Norman cathedral, that has stood at the centre of Durham City for nearly 1,000 years.

Tours will run daily, with one morning and one afternoon session per day. Tours will typically last around one hour, but start and end times are flexible.

Resource boxes will be supplied directly to schools and colleges within a 20 mile radius of the cathedral shortly before tours begin (objects and materials inside will be prepared and delivered in line with Covid-19 Government guidelines).  The boxes will include themed objects and books, as well as fun dressing-up costumes, so that children can get hands on with history as they're following along digitally. 

Classes will be supplied with a microphone for use during the tour so that teachers and pupils can ask real time questions. 

Downloadable activities will also be provided for use in the classroom after the tours to help embed the learning, as well as access to the cathedral's knowledgeable Education Team via email for any follow-up questions.

To sign up your school or for further information email education@durhamcathedral.co.uk