South West Moon Landing

In 2021, Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon artwork enters its south west phase, as it lands in three cities in the South West.

There will be three opportunities to see the Moon at three different Church of England buildings, in three different seasons.

In the summer (11-30 August 2021) the moon will light up Bristol Cathedral, where there will be a range of events from children’s crafts, folk concerts, and opera to visit.

In the autumn (12 October – 3 November 2021) you can visit Wells Cathedral to hear Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut, see Dark Side: the Pink Floyd Show, and more.

Finally, in the winter (19 November – 26 December 2021) visit Bath Abbey, for Christmas carols, magical storytelling and moon-gazing with the Bath Astronomers all under the light of the Moon in the Abbey’s newly restored worship space.

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 Very Revd Dr Mandy Ford, Dean of Bristol said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this wonderful installation, by world renowned Bristol artist, Luke Jerram, in Bristol Cathedral. I hope that the Moon will inspire stories, songs, adventures, awe and wonder in everyone who visits us this summer.”

The Very Revd John Davies, Dean of Wells said: “Cathedrals and Abbeys are beautiful buildings. They have glorious worship and are hives of activity. They are also unafraid to do something different. And a visit from the Museum of the Moon is different! Come and see!”

The Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey said:  “We are delighted to host this inspirational artwork during Advent – the season of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ, heralded by signs in the heavens. As we marvel at the beauty of the Moon and its reflected light, may Christ the true ‘Light of the World’ find welcome and wonder in our hearts.”

This is an exceptional opportunity to see the Museum of the Moon in three stunning locations, providing three very different experiences.

Details of events that will take place in Bath Abbey while the Moon is in place will be shared soon – keep an eye on our website for details.

Image credit: Luke Jerram.