Lincoln Cathedral hosts free local heritage training day

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After the success of its teacher training day earlier this year, Lincoln Cathedral recently hosted another free training session to help teachers and school children develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance.

The practical session, which took place on 7th June, gave teachers the chance to explore the history of the area using maps and aerial photographs of Lincoln from its archives.

Facilitated by Historic England, the programme has been running since September 2012 in eight regions across England and since April 2015 the opportunity is being offered to all state schools, both primary and secondary.

Kate Argyle, local heritage education manager at Historic England, said: “It was great to work with the education team at Lincoln Cathedral again to provide an inspiring and practical session for teachers that gave them the chance to explore the history of Lincoln.

“Using our archives, we were able to show teachers how to trace changes in the historic landscape and give a step by step guide on how to carry out a local history study using census data, trade directories and free websites. Now they’ll be able to research a street near their school with their students and find out who lived there and what life was like. It’s easy once you know how!”

Leading the training day was the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project; a Heritage Lottery Fund-backed project to improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience. Connected aims to engage people in the Cathedral’s past, archaeology and architecture through activities and events to educate, inspire and inform.

Sally Bleasdale, education outreach officer at Lincoln Cathedral, said: “After the popularity of our last training day with Historic England and the multitude of requests we received for another one, we were really pleased to be able to host another session. We are also planning another one in the autumn term, so any teachers who couldn’t make this event can look forward to one later in the year as well.

“Lincoln Cathedral and the city itself has so much history and we have developed many school resources specific to the Lincoln area tailored to the new history curriculum. These sessions are the perfect opportunity for us to give educators the tools to enable them to carry out enquiry-based learning activities based around a local heritage site.”