Lincoln Cathedral and International Bomber Command Centre join forces to share heritage with local schools


As the new school term begins Lincoln Cathedral and the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) are looking forward to welcoming children and young people to their sites through a joint learning offer. This new initiative will give school groups the unique opportunity to visit the two sites with a shared heritage, and explore themes of remembrance, duty and sacrifice.

School pupils will visit both venues on the same day. At the International Bomber Command Centre, children playing the part of historical detectives will discover the story of Henry Simpson, brought to life through artefacts in the handling collection. They will also have the chance to try on uniforms and handle authentic Second World War documents.

Their visit to Lincoln Cathedral will encourage pupils to explore the Airmen Service Chapel. They will view the Cathedral’s own books of Remembrance, with Henry Simpson’s story coming full circle. With inspiration taken from the Bomber Command window, pupils will create their own stained glass inspired masterpiece.

Sally Bleasdale, education outreach officer at Lincoln Cathedral, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for schools to experience these two connected Lincoln sites together in one visit, resulting in a very exciting and meaningful day outside the classroom.”

The Lincoln Cathedral Connected project is working alongside the IBBC to encourage children and young people to gain a greater insight into local heritage. The Lincoln Cathedral Connected project will radically improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience. Connected aims to engage people in the Cathedral’s past, archaeology and architecture through activities and events to educate, inspire and inform.