Ely Cathedral

This week, PLACE families journeyed to Ely Cathedral to experience this beautiful building and to get some understanding of the Benedictine monastic way of life that has flourished at the Cathedral since the 7th century. 

During our visit, we were able to: try making our own stained glass creations (a famous feature of the Stained Glass Museum based at the Cathedral), learn how to create illuminated lettering, take part in storytelling sessions and, just for a few hours, find out what it really felt like to be a monk – sampling their dress, sleeping arrangements and food.

Learning about stained glass – having a go – and the finished product from one of our youngest members


Illuminated Lettering – we all had a go.


A monk’s life – we tried their clothes, food (potage – a thick stew) and their sleeping arrangements.


But, of course, what a monk’s life is really all about is quiet contemplation and prayer. PLACE families of all faiths and none came together to share in this experience.