The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today endorsed the ambitious £11.3m project Leicester Cathedral Revealed with earmarked National Lottery funding of £3.325 million. This includes a development grant of £330,000 to take forward the restoration and renewal plans to restore and renew the cathedral as an important cultural and faith gathering point in the multi-cultural city of Leicester.
Made possible by National Lottery players, the award will enable the cathedral, which contains the final resting place of King Richard III, to undertake development work on a transformative project to renew and restore its fabric and to celebrate the Victorian and Arts & Crafts elements of its long history.
It will also shine more light on the two thousand year story of Leicester through the creation of a striking new heritage learning centre and the expansion of an already thriving volunteer and learning programme.
Commenting on the award, the Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith, said: “We are delighted the HLF is supporting Leicester Cathedral Revealed. Our Cathedral aspires to be a beating heart to both city and county. These funds will help us tell more of the story of our multi-cultural city through the eyes of its principal church and those who have worshipped here across the years. In particular, we will be able to uncover and share the narrative of the industrial prosperity of the Victorian era and the beautiful workmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement. We look forward to getting started.”
A further £3m has been earmarked by the HLF and a further application will need to be made within two years to release it.
To mark the announcement the Dean unveiled a full-scale visual representation of the project at a short ceremony at 9.30am on Monday 15 May, in the Cathedral.