Half Term Time Travel at St Albans Cathedral

St Albans Cathedral is hosting a free, half term Family Discovery Morning on Thursday 19th February to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the current building’s completion and dedication back in 1115.

This fascinating new trail for children has been specially developed to remember how the Norman Abbey would have looked 900 years ago. Young visitors will learn about how it was built, create their own model of the tower and have the chance to meet and dress up as historical characters.

Steve Clarke, Education Officer at St Albans Cathedral, said, “This is a special anniversary year for St Albans Cathedral and we’re looking forward to travelling back in time with our younger visitors to find out how our ancestors created such a wonderful building. Be prepared to learn facts and information that they never teach you in school!” 

The Family Discovery Morning is free and there is no need to book.  The trail and activities are suitable for children aged 3 to 11, and children need to be accompanied by an adult.

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Notes to Editors

St Albans Cathedral - Dedication 900

  • The building of the present church began in 1077 by the first Norman abbot, Paul of Caen. It was the largest church in the land at the time, replacing an earlier Benedictine abbey founded by King Offa in 793.
  • The second Norman abbot, Richard d’Albini, saw the construction through to completion and had the finished building dedicated in great splendour and in the presence of the King and Queen. That year the royal court was held in St Albans for Christmas and so the magnificent dedication ceremony happened on 28 December 1115.
  • The Cathedral will be celebrating this historic anniversary with events throughout the year, including the installation of 7 new statues on the medieval screen in the Nave, a fascinating series of lectures and exhibitions, a specially devised children’s trail and the annual Alban Pilgrimage for which we will be joined this year by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Archbishop of Rouen, Mgr Jean-Charles Descubes.

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