The churchyard of All Saints in Kingston reflects the footprint of a royal enclosure that dates back to the 9th century. On this site Saxon Kings were crowned in the 10th century and before that, in 838AD, a Great Council established the link between church and state that still exists today. In the intervening centuries the lives of local people, some of national standing, have been remembered in memorials, sculptures and artwork that adorn the present church reflecting the development of Kingston and England over that time. Our programme of heritage activities helps to tell these stories.
The aim of the ASK Heritage and Learning department is to provide unique, inspiring and informative experiences for visitors, students and families at All Saints Kingston. We run a learning programme of workshops and tours, events for children and families and promote the heritage and history of the building with a range of trails and activities.
ASK Heritage runs a programme of themed workshops, trails and tours for schools, colleges and groups on a variety of curriculum topics from Saxon history to Materials. Workshops and trails are a fantastic way to interpret All Saints and discover its hidden stories. Trails help to make the church more accessible for young visitors and can be a fun way to explore the building. Our craft workshops are hands-on activities which are informative and fun on their own, but can also enhance some of our trails when booked together.
ASK Heritage runs family event days during Kingston Borough school holidays. These drop in workshops include treasure hunts, craft activities and role play, all based on the history of All Saints and Kingston.
ASK Heritage continues to develop the learning offer of All Saints Kingston with new workshops, tours and events, and a series of academic lectures coming in 2017 on the history of the church and local area. Full details of all events and learning activities on offer are available on our website – www.allsaintskingston.co.uk.