Major National Lottery Grant for Worcester Cathedral23 May 2019 By James Atkinson
Worcester Cathedral has been awarded a grant of just over £1million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help it to progress its vision to create a unique historic venue to facilitate learning, arts and heritage for the whole community and to install a lift to provide access for all.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded an initial grant of £168,000 in September 2017 to develop the project, which will conserve and bring into public use for the first time the 12th century Undercroft to College Hall. It also involves the conservation of the over-life size carving of ‘Christ in Majesty’ in College Hall.
During the development phase, the Cathedral worked with local consultants to progress its consultations with the community, particularly with audiences who do not currently engage with the Cathedral to develop new and inspiring activities. The project supports national and regional priorities and will contribute to the prosperity of the county by attracting more visitors, help develop the skills of local people and help to boost the local economy.
The development phase also included securing £500,000 in matched funding. A fundraising campaign was launched in November 2017 and received overwhelming support. The Cathedral is very grateful to everyone who has supported the campaign to enable it to successfully reach the target.
The Very Reverend Dr Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester Cathedral says:
“We are delighted to receive this support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and we send our warmest thanks to them and to the many individuals, businesses and charitable trusts who donated so generously to the fundraising campaign and who took part in the consultations. The Undercroft will provide a fantastic new venue in the heart of the city which we are aiming to open it to the public in the Autumn of 2020.”
Becky Clark, the Church of England’s Director of Churches and Cathedrals, said:
“Creating positive and lasting change for people and communities is a vision The National Lottery Heritage Fund shares with cathedrals, so the news that Worcester Cathedral has benefitted from this most recent round of funding is tremendous.
"The value of our cathedrals is clear to the 10 million people who visit each year, and to the hundreds of thousands who regularly attend worship.
Artistic impression of the future Undercroft space was created by architects, Acanthus Clews.