Trails of Discovery

Recently Church Trails for Children has been rebranded and broadened to include historic buildings. In addition, The Arts Society has introduced Memory Trails for people living with Dementia. 

A Children's Trail is a questionnaire designed by members of The Arts Society for children aged 8 -12 but is really for people of all ages! The trail guides children round places of worship and historic buildings looking at the architecture, history and furnishings. A corresponding answer sheet is provided for accompanying adults. The aim is to encourage children to explore the building, to learn about it and enjoy the experience so that they are inspired to visit similar places.

On Thursday 4th October our Society presented the Custodian of Plymouth Synagogue with an activity sheet for primary school children. This activity sheet is for the children to take back to school to continue their learning after their visit to the Synagogue. The presentation was attended by Deputy Lord Mayor Chris Mavin, Councillors Sue McDonald and Ian Tuffin, Police Sergeant Graham Little from the Police Diversity Team, and Sara Wells and Yuke Yoshioka from the Faiths & Cultural Diversity organisation. There were also some children and teachers from two Primary Schools -Victoria Road and St Peter’s Church of England School, and members of Plymouth Synagogue and The Arts Society South Devon.

Memory Trails for people living with Dementia differ in that there are no answers. The trail aims to invoke memories and prompt discussion with family, friends or carers by looking around a church. The Society has now presented two Memory Trails, the first to St Eustachius' in Tavistock and the second to St Mary's, Tamerton Foliot. We have also presented copies of the St Mary's trail to Cann House so they can visit the church at a time of suit the residents. Please look in the 'Documents' section to see the latest Memory Trail and in the gallery for pictures.