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Engaging Communities

Our Community Projects

Thanks to support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Exeter Cathedral has introduced an exciting new programme of activities and events for people in and around Exeter. Take a look below to see how we’ve been engaging communities with their local heritage.

Youth Panel 

September 2023 

A panel of 16-25 year olds met at Exeter Cathedral to discuss ways we can introduce innovative new ways to tell our story, to people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Participants shared their ideas on how to engage people with our stories and collections in new and exciting ways.

Summer Activities

July – September 2023

Free summer activities for all the family.

Funded by The National Heritage Fund, a range of family friendly activities inspired by our ‘medieval milestones’ theme are taking place on Cathedral Green this summer. The community is invited to take part in workshops, led by local artist Sarah McFloof, to create their own shield, design a crest and paint a roof boss. Visitors can also see Exeter Cathedral’s own original play, ‘The Ever Faithful City’ which is inspired by the true story of King Henry VII’s stay at the Treasurer’s House, which was once located on Cathedral Green.


July 2023

Spotting seasonal species at Exeter Cathedral

The ’BioBlitz’ was a fun activity with an important mission. The aim was to identify as many species around the Cathedral grounds and green spaces as possible over two days; creating the chance to explore and hopefully discover something unknown and unusual. Working with Devon Wildlife Trust and the landscape architect, we will be using our findings to increase the biodiversity around us, contributing to the increase and preservation of our wildlife.

We hosted a range of activities including: Snail Racing with Wild Ideas, a VR Experience with Exeter Science Centre, Origami with Exeter Cathedral, a Moth Trap Reveal with Simon Bates, Wildflower and Lichen walk with Devon Wildlife Trust and a Honey Bee Hive with Exeter Beekeepers.

The Exeter Cathedral BioBlitz was funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and took place in partnership with the Devon Wildlife Trust.

Our two new Riddler's James Wilkes & Aly Stoneman

Riddler in Residence

June-November 2023

This unique role is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Exeter Cathedral’s Riddler in Residence leads creative workshops inspired by the Cathedral, its green spaces, and collections from its library and archives, including the famous 10th century Exeter Book.

The Riddler in Residence project works with a range of local community groups, including families, young people and formal education settings, with the aim of inspiring them to creatively connect with their heritage.

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Team Gaia

January-February 2023

Timed to coincide with our hosting of artist Luke Jerram’s Gaia installation, Team Gaia was a collaboration between Exeter Cathedral and immersive theatre company Four of Swords.

The project brought together young people from across our local community, including Exeter’s ISCA Academy School, Exeter Hindu Temple Trust, the local Ukrainian community and the Pelican Project learning disabled artists and creatives.

Together the groups contributed to a series of workshops and explored a range of themes inspired by Gaia, including scientific, religious and mythological perspectives on the origins of planets. They also reflected on our own planet’s environment and discussed ways to protect life on Earth for the future.

Ideas and perspectives expressed in the workshops were then developed into a narrative for an immersive theatre performance, Beyond Gaia, which was co-created between the community groups and Four of Swords, and performed in front of a sell-out audience at Exeter Cathedral.

Combining dazzling visuals, performance, sound and music, the show told the story of an alien council of inhabitants from lost and dead worlds, assembled on Earth to celebrate the planet’s beauty, share their own cautionary tales, and inspire us all to safeguard the future of our world.