Lincoln Cathedral gets connected with families with launch of visitor backpacks

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The Lincoln Cathedral Connected project is introducing new complementary visitor backpacks to help families explore different aspects of Lincoln Cathedral.

The backpacks will feature five different themes, contain booklets, information, replica items, puzzles, challenges, and in some cases real artefacts. They are designed to engage families with the Cathedral’s stories, people, archaeology and architecture through activities.

Backpack themes currently include; ‘Animal Adventure’ for three to six-year olds, and ‘Work, Work, Work’ for six to 11-year olds, which teaches children about how crafts people keep the Cathedral alive today. There will also be a ‘Pilgrimage’ pack, ‘Cathedral Creatures’ and ‘Signs and Symbols’ packs coming soon.

The £2000 initiative is funded by the Connected project, a Heritage Lottery Fund backed initiative to improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience, and Lincoln-based Sandford Cascade, which encourages confidence within heritage learning, also funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sally Bleasdale, education outreach officer at Lincoln Cathedral, said: “The backpacks are a great way to engage with families who visit the Cathedral and will help them get the most from that visit in a fun and interactive way.

“This initiative is an important part of the work we are doing as part of the Connected project to encourage families to visit the Cathedral and to learn about this internationally important building and its rich history.

“This scheme is part of the exciting education and interpretation programme that we are introducing as part of the Connected project, and I hope that families enjoy using the backpacks.”

Rachel Bryant, from Sandford Cascade, said: “This is a fantastic idea which we were keen to support and another great addition to the already thriving activity scene in Lincoln.

“Our aim is to strengthen learning in the historical environment and encourage confidence within heritage learning, and these back packs do exactly that. The scheme has already been well received by the public and I look forward to seeing the other themes introduced in the future for people to enjoy.”

The packs are available on request at the Entry Desk during most opening times.