Over the summer months Canterbury Cathedral has been piloting an exciting programme of talks, tours, creative workshops, bug safaris and family fun days in Whitstable, Herne Bay and Canterbury as part of the developing Canterbury Journey project.
The Canterbury Journey successfully secured Round 1 funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop proposals to undertake essential repair and restoration work to the Cathedral, create a new Welcome Centre and landscaping, improve physical access and open up the Cathedral’s hidden collections, objects and treasures.
A major component of The Canterbury Journey is the creation of a new community space for the delivery of the Cathedral’s Activity Plan programme which will include interpretation, exhibitions, workshops, events, learning, presentations, talks and family activities.
The community space will form part of the new Welcome Centre to be situated in 36/37 Burgate adjoining Christ Church Gate. A series of shop-window exhibitions, describing some of the behind-the-scenes work and creative activity at the Cathedral, has now been launched in the space and will continue as work progresses.
As part of the developing work, the Cathedral is inviting the public to play a vital role in shaping the project by sharing their thoughts and ideas about The Canterbury Journey and what it means to them. Project Director Mark Hosea said;
‘The local and wider communities’ thoughts and ideas are crucial to helping us develop a genuinely exciting and innovative programme and community space. People can make a valuable contribution by taking part in the online survey click here.
More information about The Canterbury Journey can be found on the Canterbury Cathedral website www.canterbury-cathedral.org.