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Lichfield Cathedral

Light of Hope

Autumn 2020

Lichfield Cathedral was founded in AD 700, one of the earliest in the UK and a religious site of great importance.

We serve the fifth largest diocese in England, a diverse community incorporating towns and cities such as Tamworth and Stoke-on-Trent, as well as rural communities.

In Autumn 2020 with the support of Westhill Endowment we have undertaken a schools and communities project called ‘Light of Hope’.

140 schools have now taken part which is the largest number we have ever worked with on a schools art project. Schools were sent a resource pack and the children asked to create their own ‘light of hope’.

We produced a short video with instructions on how to create the artwork and children are being encouraged to share images of their creations at home.

By taking part and creating their own ‘light of hope’, children are able to make a creative response to the pandemic, to express what they might be feeling about it while learning about important Christian themes about hope and the power of light over darkness.

To mark All-Saints and All-Souls, our Artist-in-Residence, Peter Walker, also created a spectacular art installation at the Cathedral, his own ‘light of hope’ to tie in with the project. Beams of light were cast into the night sky and the Cathedral was open for prayer and reflection, with similar beams of light projected through the building. 

To find out more information on the schools project including to see the video on how to make your own ‘light of hope’ please visit our website: