Leicester Cathedral’s doing alright for itself lately. Already home to the final resting place of a king, from 9th-18th March it’ll also host an entire moon!

The Museum of the Moon exhibit will occupy the Cathedral for just over a week, featuring talks, schools events and art around the exhibit’s centrepiece – a seven-metre-diameter 1:500,000 scale model of the moon, with eye-popping 120dpi detail of the surface.

The stunning work by multidisciplinary artist Luke Jerram is touring the UK, with the intention of gathering “new musical compositions” and various “personal responses, stories and mythologies”, alongside the detailed cutting-edge lunar science on display. The Leicester stop of the tour, a British Science Week collaboration between the Cathedral and the University of Leicester, is the last UK exhibit before the moon heads to Australia for the Commonwealth Games.

Appearing at the events will be UoL Professor and star of BBC series Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes? Dr Suzie Imber, Dean of Leicester the Very Revd David Monteith, acclaimed Chamber ensemble the London Concertante, and drumming quartet Cassia Tree.

The exhibit features daily public visiting and, until Monday, a Planetarium targeted at school-age children. The full programme of events can be found at https://my-moon.org/installations/british-science-week/

Charles Wheeler is a writer, performance poet and shameless cultural hanger-on. In his spare time, he can be found refereeing pro wrestling and looking after his pet rats. He is ambivalent about Marmite.

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