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Heritage: School visits

Increasing school visits to church buildings can be tremendously beneficial to connecting the church with its local community.

School visits to church buildings can include cross-curricula work, for example, history, art, RE, english, maths and so on.

Web resources for further guidance include the following:

  • School and family visits The Churches Conservation Trust has developed resources to assist and encourage school visits to church buildings.
  • Churchyard and Burial Ground education pack  Caring for God's Acre, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Jean Jackson Charitable Trust, has created a new resource for teachers and youth leaders. It offers activities and ideas to support the exploration of burial grounds of all kinds, from old church and chapel yards to Victorian cemeteries and more recent burial sites. You can download it from the 'Resources and Publications' section.
  • Interpretation for schools. The cultural heritage sector has significantly invested in engaging ways to work with schools. One example of guidance available is by the V&A Museum, which has links to other web resources.
  • Displays and interpretation. You may also like to look at this webpage of the Diocese of Chester website for further advice on designing interpretation for a range of different people.

Case studies

  • St Oswald's Church, Bollington, usually run an 'Experience Week' every academic year for the village schools. Previous themes have been Easter, Epiphany, The Saints, The Parables of Jesus and Creation. (image above)
  • St Philip and St James Church, Alderley Edge. The church have organised a Magna Carta Week. Local school children have visited the church and explored the building through exploring different perspectives on Magna Carta.  The session includes The King's Tale, The Peasant's Tale, The Knight's Tale, The Archbishop's Tale and the Merchants Tale. Each told their story about how Magna Carta affected them, linked with a bible story and small activity.


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The DAC Office - The office of the Diocesan Advisory Commitee (DAC) has responsibility for progressing faculty applications and providing policy advice on church building matters.  The answer to most popular enquiries will be available via these web pages but do contact the DAC Office if not.  Where appropriate, the DAC Office can put you in touch with churches who have undertaken similar work to any scheme you might be proposing yourself.