Museum of the Moon at Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 5TJ

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Museum of the Moon at Bristol Cathedral


Bristol Cathedral is thrilled to host Luke Jerram’s celebrated Museum of the Moon in August 2021. The Moon was originally scheduled to come to Bristol Cathedral in August 2020 but, owing to the pandemic, its exhibition was delayed by a year.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally-lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon is being presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it gathers new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning Bristol-based composer Dan Jones.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live art projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 19 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.

The Moon will be on display in the crossing of Bristol Cathedral from Wednesday 11 August to Bank Holiday Monday 30 August, with opportunities to book to experience the artwork in the evenings as well. Donations and proceeds from the display of the artwork will go towards the work of Bristol-based charity St Mungo’s, who work towards ending homelessness and rebuilding the lives of those affected by it.

To deepen your experience of this exceptional artwork, Bristol Cathedral will be offering a curated programme of events, run in collaboration with other Bristol institutions, including concerts, recitals, children’s craft events, and more.

Children's Events
A Grand Day Out with Wallace & Gromit Thursday 12, 19, and 26 August, at 10.00am and 3.00pm, £10
Make your very own model of Aardman Animation’s Gromit, followed by a screening of the classic Wallace & Gromit film A Grand Day Out.

Crafty Cathedral Friday 13, Wednesday 18 and 25 August, 10.00am to 12noon, £2
Come along for a morning of craft activities with a moon theme. Best suited for under 11s.

Celestial Praise Sunday 15 August, 6.00pm, free
Reflective worship, praising our magnificent creator God. Booking recommended.

Regular Sunday Services Every Sunday at 8.00am, 10.00am, and 3.30pm
Each week our regular services will continue on Sundays, with music provided by visiting choirs or cantors. Please see the website for more information. Booking recommended.

Music Evenings
James Dorman’s Lunar Art Ensemble Friday 20 August, 7.30pm to 8.30pm, £10
A special evening of immersive music from acclaimed composer James Dorman, with an evening of music for clarinet, vibraphone, prepared guitar... and laptop.

Blue Moon, with the Fitzhardinge Consort Saturday 21 August, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, £10
An exclusive opportunity to hear these “purveyors of exquisite a capella choral music” (Classic FM), singing polyphony and close harmony under the Moon.

Lady Nade Thursday 26 August, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, £12
Fresh from her latest album release, alternative folk-pop-jazz balladeer Lady Nade sings under the Moon with her band. Support act: Phil King.

Haydn’s Life on the Moon, with Opera in a Box Saturday 28 August, 7.00pm to 8.30pm, £20
A one-off performance of a lesser-known Haydn comedic and light opera buffa. Performed in English under the Moon, this is not to be missed.

Science Talks
Everything That Has Landed On The Moon Thursday 12 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, £7
David Spilling, from Thales Alenia Space Bristol talks about everything that has landed on the moon. Suitable for all ages.

Marvellous, Mysterious Moon Saturday 21 August, 10.00am to 11.00am, £2
Dr Alison Camacho, the secretary of the Bristol Astronomical Society, gives an interactive talk for all the family.

Moon: Art, Science, Culture Monday 23 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, £7
Dr Robert Massey, Deputy Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society gives a talk about the moon, discussing topics from his latest book.

Beer + Cheese
A Very Bristol Beer + Cheese Evening Tuesday 17 and 24 August, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, £25
Enjoy four courses of exceptional beer from Left Handed Giant and cheese from the award-winning The Bristol Cheesemonger, under the light of the Moon.

Evening Moon
By The Light of the Evening Moon Saturday 14, Monday 16, Wednesday 18, Thursday 19, Friday 27 and Monday 30 August, £2
Experience the Moon in the evening with a pre-bookable entry every half-hour. (9.00pm entry is for just half an hour.)

All the events will be bookable from 10.00am on Wednesday 23 June, via the Bristol Cathedral Eventbrite page:

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