Gloucester Cathedral celebrates Project Pilgrim success
Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a £4,160,300 grant for Project Pilgrim.
Project Pilgrim Phase One: the Heart of Gloucester is a £6m project to help the Cathedral to fulfil its role as a dynamic place of spiritual, community and heritage activity. This investment will improve and restore specific areas of the building and grounds as well as uncover and share stories about the people and events which have helped to define the significant role it has played in the City and Nation’s history.
The ambitious plans include:
- the creation of a new Cathedral Green, providing a public space in the historic heart of the City
- conservation of the 15th Century Lady Chapel and its magnificent stained glass
- provision of a new entrance and welcome area
- improvements to access and story-telling across the site
- installation of solar panels on the nave roof
This will be supported by a varied three year programme of activities to enable more people to connect with this iconic building’s heritage.
Work is scheduled to begin in the late summer, after Three Choirs Festival 2016.
The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:
‘We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has confidence in Project Pilgrim. This represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the Cathedral to play an even greater role in the lives of local people and in the regeneration of our City. There are further challenges ahead but this achievement signifies a huge step towards realising our aspiration to ensure that Gloucester Cathedral remains open, accessible and free to all.’
The Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester said:
‘The announcement that Gloucester Cathedral will receive funding from the HLF to make Project Pilgrim a reality is fantastic news. This exciting project is about the Cathedral being here for everyone regardless of age, faith or background. It is my hope and prayer that through this project many people will discover how their own story connects with that of the Cathedral and the story of Jesus Christ.’
Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council said:
‘It is right that our most important building should play a central role in Gloucester's regeneration. I have no doubt that Project Pilgrim will help the Cathedral to strengthen its position at the heart of the city's life and I am delighted that the City Council has been able to contribute to this project financially and practically. I am grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their continued generous support for heritage projects in the city and to everyone else who has worked so hard to make this application a success.’
Project Pilgrim Manager, Anne Cranston said:
‘We’re extremely fortunate to have received so much support from so many people during the development of Project Pilgrim. Securing such a significant endorsement from the HLF is as much a recognition of this support and hard work as it is of the strength of our vision.’