The Dome of Home (Ss Peter, Paul and St Philomena’s Church) New Brighton

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Mrs Anne Archer

07743 235046

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7 Atherton Street, Wallasey ,, New Brighton, CH45 9LT

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8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Step back in time to December 1940, bringing history and RE to life, we offer an Education Pack with a brand-new Audio Tour, based on truth, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the Restoration of the church. The visit is FREE of charge.

Listed under: Art and Design | Historical Heritage | Historic Buildings | Cathedrals. Abbeys. Churches | Day Trip Destinations | Religious Education | History | English | Design and Technology | Walking Tours

What we offer

Step back in time to December 1940. Ss Peter, Paul and St Philomena’s Church is 5 years old, a hub of the community, escaping damage during sustained bombing and earning its nickname, The Dome of Home, in the Battle of the Atlantic.

Bringing history and RE to life, we offer an Education Pack with a brand-new Audio Tour, based on truth, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the Restoration of the church. The visit is free of charge.

Enrich your pupil’s learning of WWII in Wallasey and meet some of the characters who shaped Wallasey during WWII, using our children’s audio tour via smartphone or tablet. Find out how this church helped local people during these difficult times. Your pupils will experience the awe and wonder of this Place of Worship as they learn about the Christian Faith, history of the building and people involved in its story.

What makes us a great choice?

• put on 1940s style hats. 

• listen to a range of 2-4 minute dramas to be involved with the events of the time 

• have an opportunity to handle WWII artefacts.

• enjoy a short small group guided tour with a costumed guide to find out about the different parts of a church.

• Find out why a Christian Place of Worship is a special place and experience the sights, sounds and smells of this church.

The church visit is a fun and exciting place to explore but we need all pupils to be properly supervised by their school staff, during the visit.

Group Sizes Catered For

We can accommodate up to 30 pupils plus staff.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

Comprehensive KS2 resource pack and supporting photocopiable worksheets available on request, during the planning stages.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Photography is permitted. The Dome of Home would like to keep a pictorial record of main events.

• All photographs will be general photographs of the activities at our events. 
• These will be for our publicity purposes, including our website. 
• All photographs will be group photographs and not individual children. 
• All captions will be related to the event and not give details such as school name or children’s names. 
• If your school or an individual child cannot be photographed for safeguarding or other legal reasons you must let us know before your visit. 
• The photographs will be taken by ourselves or some-one asked by us. 
• Schools are welcome to take photographs of their own school visit. So that you have a record of education beyond the classroom and to assist in work back in the school.

Risk Assessment Details

Risk Assessment of the Visit and Activities are provided as part of the Education Pack.

Education Officer Information

Contact Project Coordinator, Mrs Anne Archer on 07743 235046 or email 

Pricing Information

All visits free of charge although donations are welcome towards refreshments and restoration of this significant Wirral Landmark.

Clothing Requirements

Dressing up in 1940s style is optional, and 1940s hats are provided. Some volunteers will be in costume. In winter the church can be quite cold, so we recommend wearing a coat.

First Aid Information

School groups should bring their own First Aider.

Available Facilities

We do have a gift shop which children can use, so bring a little pocket money.

We are happy to organise a small ‘ration snack experience’ for the children free of charge, but please inform us of any allergies in advance.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Our facilities are fully wheelchair accessible but please advise on booking of any special needs or requirements.

Opening Hours & Information

This is a working Catholic/Christian Place of Worship open 8am until 8pm daily with many events. Tours can be provided from 10am-4pm with advanced booking.

School visits last approximately 1-1½ hours followed by 30 minutes for refreshments/rations and shop visit.


Year 7 pupils from St Anselms said, 
“I had a good time and enjoyed all the activities with my friends.”
“I enjoyed the bus trip, wearing the hats and using the ration books.”
“It allowed us to learn about Jesus and Mary in different ways as we lit candles for our families.”

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