The Undercroft Learning Centre project is an exciting development taking place at the heart of the Cathedral. Originally the cellars of the former priory, the 12th century Undercroft is a unique space located beneath College Hall. Over the years, the Undercroft has been a medieval storehouse for food, ale and later coal, and even a sixth-form common room for King’s School.
The project will conserve this beautiful medieval space, and will transform it into a community learning centre which will host many activities: from mindfulness and well-being courses, to heritage crafts, in addition to large school events, lectures and talks.
Plans include the installation of a lift and level ﬂooring throughout to make the space accessible to all. It will provide visitors with new and exciting interpretations of Worcester’s priory and daily life in the monastic community, whilst also featuring as part of the Cathedral tour.
Building works started after National Lottery Heritage Funding was awarded in May. Alongside the conservation, repair and building work is a plan to develop the scope of the Cathedral’s Education Department, so that a greater number of learners are able to access and enjoy this incredible place.
Project Support Officer Sian Mitchell says: “This project will bring to life a fascinating part of the original monastery. Learning was at the heart of life in a Benedictine community, so it is wonderful to see this monastic space being conserved and used as an education centre.” Watch its transformation unfold on Facebook, Twitter (@ Worcundercroft) and Instagram (/undercroftlearningcentre).
Please pray for the Cathedral Undercroft project, for its vision to be fully realised in our community.
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