Portsmouth Cathedral popping up!

25 MAR 2020
Portsmouth Cathedral is ‘popping up’ across South Hampshire to help children reflect on faith, love and care.
 
A Growing Lives grant from Allchurches Trust is supporting a project by Portsmouth Cathedral which will see a mobile replica version of the famous building ‘popping up’ at schools across South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in future.
 
The ‘pop-up’ Cathedral is a mobile hub where children can learn using resources designed by the Cathedral to help them reflect on faith, love, hope, peace and caring for our world – all through creative learning as part of an immersive, innovative experience. 
 
Building on the Cathedral’s expertise of welcoming school groups and using photography of the building, a dedicated team designed, commissioned and built the gazebo-sized version which can easily be transported and set up in any school.
 
The replica Cathedral has already made its first appearance at Liss Infant School, where Portsmouth Cathedral Education Officer, Sarah Page, and Cathedral Assistant, Eve Davenport, led activities for over 100 children from Reception Year and Year One. Neighbouring Liss Junior School took part in their own mini-pilgrimage especially to visit the Pop-up Cathedral. One more pilot visit is to take place before it officially launches later this year. 
 
Paul Playford, Grants Officer for Allchurches Trust, said: “We’re thrilled that through our Growing Lives grants programme, we’ve been able to support this new pop-up version of Portsmouth Cathedral. It is such an imaginative way of engaging primary school children, giving them a unique space in which to access resources and learning that will allow them to reflect on their values and experiences, and to find out more about our magnificent cathedrals.”
 
Dr Anthony Cane, Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, added: “The potential of this project to help schools engage with the beauty and significance of the Cathedral is immense.  Having seen the Pop-Up Cathedral in its development stage, I am delighted that it is now in use and gathering such excellent feedback. Our sincerest thanks to Allchurches Trust for supporting this important new initiative.”
Children sit in front of the pop up cathedral doing an activity
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