Space toilets, robots, meteorites and astronaut suits are among items going on display to lure millennials into churches to mark the Moon landing anniversary.
The Church of England is hoping that Instagramming twenty-somethings across the UK will be taking selfies and tagging posts inside some of the country’s most ancient cathedrals.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, 14 church projects across the country have been awarded £70,000 by the Scientists in Congregations scheme.
It forms part of a new outreach scheme to bring younger people to religious buildings and to foster greater understanding about science and faith – and to encourage people to take photos.
Lichfield Cathedral, a three-spired medieval cathedral in Staffordshire, has already been announced as the host of one of the projects.
This summer Peter Walker, its artist-in-residence, will transform the ancient building’s grand tiled floor into a representation of the moon’s surface. It is also running a sci-fi film festival, a lecture series and a schools project to build a rocket.
Now it can be revealed that Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, is also lined up to join in the celebrations and will be hosting a science festival – complete with quirky space paraphernalia – to entice snap-happy youths through their doors.