Leicester Cathedral aspires to be a beating heart for our city and county. As a religious building we offer a conduit to the experience of the divine; as part of our community’s cultural heritage we can also provide an entry point to better understanding of the life of both city and county. Leicester Cathedral Revealed will be a portal to the city of Leicester, strengthening social cohesion, demonstrating hospitality and enhancing the local economy.
We know that when people are involved in an immersive, personal experience they engage more, learn more and grow. They don’t forget and they talk to others. That is why we have chosen the word ‘revealed’. It speaks of the industrial prosperity of the Victorian period which the Cathedral reveals as a living story told in stone, fabric and glass. It tells of the pioneering spirit of reform, applauded by the church and exemplified by the Arts & Crafts movement in its championing of traditional crafts and of the ordinary family home as worthy of high decorative art – families, personalities and stories abound and provide rich material for discussion, study and enjoyment. And it celebrates the convening power of the Cathedral to reveal the Christian message and to promote compassion and peace in a city where all religions are respected and common ground is firmly established.
Leicester Cathedral Revealed is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund with a Development Grant of £325,000 in order to research and develop the project.