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Derwent Valley AAP and Durham Cathedral join forces for educational events

Jun 15, 2016 | Leisure & Lifestyle

Derwent Valley AAP and Durham Cathedral Join Forces for Education Events.

Durham Cathedral has received a grant of £5,300 from Derwent Valley Area Action Partnership to provide school sessions for all primary schools in the Derwent Valley area. Twenty schools will have the opportunity to explore the links between the history of Durham Cathedral and the Derwent Valley.

The schools are to be offered a full day Cathedral visit, including education sessions both inside the stunning Cathedral building and within the picturesque woodlands & riverbanks which surround it. The sessions will explore the history, art and architecture of the Cathedral, as well as Durham’s natural environment. The schools will also have the chance to learn about the life of St Cuthbert and also St Ebbe, who has a strong connection to the Derwent Valley.

Durham Cathedral’s Head of Education, Charlotte Rowbotham, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming primary school pupils from all across the Derwent Valley to Durham Cathedral, where they can learn more about this majestic building and surroundings and their rich cultural and Christian history. The extremely generous grant from Derwent Valley AAP will allow us to put together some fantastic education sessions for the schools, and to explore the wealth of connections between the Cathedral and the Derwent Valley.”

The Area Action Partnership Coordinator for Derwent Valley Partnership, Corinne Walton, said: “We are thrilled that our local primary school children will be given an opportunity to learn more about the importance of Durham Cathedral, explore the environment of this world heritage site and the surrounding river banks and discover its significant links to the Derwent Valley. The project will inspire our children to return to Derwent Valley to explore their own school natural environments and habitats.”