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Chester Cathedral has been awarded £4,718 to explore the relationship between science and faith through the church engagement programme Scientists in Congregations, which is run by Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science (ECLAS).

The Cathedral is one of 22 churches and organisations in England and Wales to receive grants totalling £400,000, to be used over the next 18 months on a creative, public-facing project.

The interactive workshops are to be run by Cathedral Education Officer, Jen Stratford, and will offer children and adults the opportunity to explore light through experiment and then explore the metaphor of light in the Bible.  The first set of ten workshops will focus on light and how Jesus is described as the Light of the World.  They will use scientific theories covered by the curriculum to investigate how we see objects, how light changes the projection of an image, the way light travels and how light is reflected.

Canon Jane Brooke, Canon Missioner and Vice Dean at Chester Cathedral said “We’re thrilled to be able to be running these in-person and COVID-safe sessions with a range of primary schools across Chester. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn in a practical way about the scientific properties of light and connect that to Christian teaching.”

Scientists in Congregations is a programme run by the research project Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science (ECLAS). The ECLAS project is led from St John’s College, Durham University in partnership with the University of York and the Church of England. Its directors include the Revd Prof David Wilkinson and physicist Prof Tom McLeish. ECLAS and the Scientists in Congregations grants are funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. ECLAS has distributed £665,000 to over 70 churches through its Scientists in Congregations programme since 2014.

The Revd Prof David Wilkinson, Project Director of ECLAS and Principal of St John’s College, said: “We are delighted to be working with churches on such promising projects, and look forward to seeing how congregations and the communities they serve engage with science and faith in fresh and exciting ways. We are proud to offer additional funding for follow-on projects for the first time this year, which will help churches reach even more people with the message that science is a gift from God.”

The full list of churches and organisations receiving funding to participate in Scientists in Congregations 2021-22 is:
• ChaplaincyPlus, Birmingham
• Chester Cathedral
• Cornerstone Methodist Church, Wadebridge
• Exeter Cathedral
• Great Yarmouth Minster
• Holy Trinity and Christchurch, Stalybridge
• Hull Minster
• Lichfield Cathedral
• Liverpool Cathedral
• New Hope Baptist Church, Coseley
• Radio Maria England
• Redeemed Christian Church of God, Sevenoaks
• Riding Lights Theatre Company
• St Andrew’s Church, Great Yeldham
• St George’s Church, Leeds
• St German’s Cathedral
• St Lawrence Church, Gloucester
• St Mark’s Church/Xplore!, Wrexham
• St Mary and St Eanswythe, Folkestone
• St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
• The Bible Reading Fellowship
• Wembley Family Church

A team of cyclists set off from Newcastle Cathedral on Sunday May 30 – at the start of Cycling UK’s Bike Week on a relay to ride 42 Cathedrals in 42 days to launch this new kind of pilgrimage route, the Cathedrals Cycle Route (CCR).

The CCR is a unique partnership between Sustrans, Cycling UK, the British Pilgrimage Trust and the Association of English Cathedrals that links all 42 Church of England cathedrals in a new initiative to promote greener travel and mental and physical wellbeing.

The 2,000 mile Cathedrals Cycle Route is the invention of academic, entrepreneur and keen cyclist Shaun Cutler, from Northumbria University, and is designed to help us all out of lockdown with opportunities for short cycle rides between cathedrals, new partnerships and fundraising for physical and mental well-being activities.

Shaun said: “The Cathedrals Cycle Route is about connecting our historic cathedrals and enjoying the spaces between them.

Now more than ever, after a year of living with the coronavirus pandemic, this is a way to support people’s mental and physical health and promote the mission of England’s cathedrals through pilgrimage, wellbeing and heritage.”

The relay will arrive in Chester late-afternoon on Sunday 4 July, and will leave shortly after 11am on Monday 5 July.

The Bishop of Chester, Mark Tanner, will be formally enthroned at Chester Cathedral today in a service which will be live-streamed on YouTube.

Speaking ahead of the occasion, Bishop Mark said: “This service has, rightly, been delayed because of the pandemic, and it has been good to be present and prayerful over the last year.  I’m delighted that I can now take the traditional episcopal seat in Chester Cathedral, the mother church of the diocese.  I do so in the knowledge that the task of leading the diocese forward is one that I cannot do alone.

“In the short 12 months I have been the Bishop of Chester, I have met some of you, some of you online, and I shall enjoy meeting many more of you over the coming months and years.  One of the many things I am looking forward to, as lockdown eases, is bringing people together again, helping our communities and churches to flourish, and to see in full colour once more the richness of life and the face-to-face interactions we have so dearly missed.

“We are a people of community and connection, and so, as you pray for me, I will be praying for you and for all people in the Diocese of Chester, that, with the blessing of God, we may step out in confidence to sing a joyful new song for the whole diocese and all those we serve.”

The Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Tim Stratford, who will preside at the service, said: “The cathedra, the physical seat of the diocesan bishop, has lain empty for some time now, so it is with gladness and with joy that we welcome Bishop Mark into Chester Cathedral to take his seat at the heart of the diocese as he leads us in this new chapter for our region.”

Bishop Mark formally and legally took up his episcopal duties in July 2020 but was unable to be enthroned at Chester Cathedral, a tradition that goes back centuries.

A bishop’s enthronement can only take place once he or she has paid homage to the Monarch.  Bishop Mark was afforded this honour in May 2021, almost a year after he legally took up his episcopal duties.

After speaking with the Queen via video link, Bishop Mark commented: “I was honoured to be able to pay homage to her Majesty the Queen and to pass on the greetings and prayers of the whole diocese at this time.  We are, and I am, blessed to have the support and prayers of such a wise and faithful Monarch.”

The symbolic enthronement service marks the final stage in the appointment of Bishop Mark as the diocesan Bishop of Chester.  In May 2021, the Revd Julie Conalty and the Revd Sam Corley were announced as the next suffragan Bishops of Birkenhead and Stockport.  They will be consecrated at York Minster in July. Their appointments complete the new episcopal team for the Diocese of Chester.

The Cathedral Music Trust announced that it has awarded a total of £444,500 in grants to support 36 Anglican and Roman Catholic choral foundations across the UK.

The 2021 special revenue grants programme was set up to help sustain cathedral, abbey and church choirs as they seek to recover from the devastating financial impact of lockdown. This follows on from the £1 million raised and awarded in 2020 through the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund.

In both rounds of funding, demand for grants to support choral foundations was three times greater than the funds available, demonstrating the continued urgent need for financial support.

Chairman of the Cathedral Music Trust, Peter Allwood, commented: “We are pleased that our 2021 grants programme is able to offer further support to an even wider range of choral foundations than before. However, we are keenly aware of the continued financial pressures many choirs are still experiencing. Cathedral music has nourished and sustained many of us during the past year, and we owe it to our musicians to do all that we can to keep this extraordinary heritage thriving.”

Canon Jane Brooke, Missioner and Vice Dean of Chester Cathedral said: “Chester Cathedral has a strong commitment to its music department.  The Cathedral’s choral and organ music tradition is widely respected nationally and internationally.  This revenue grant is a lifeline in securing the future of a thriving music department enabling it to support the recovery of the Cathedral following the pandemic.”

Roger Fisher, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chester Cathedral, 1967-1996, died Thursday 3 June aged 84.

A prolific recitalist and recording artist, Roger will be remembered for his complete dedication to the Cathedral Choir and organ.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

The Hamish Ogston Foundation (HOF) has announced a further tranche of funding to support heritage craft training through the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF).  This new award of £700,000, which builds on the HOF Covid Emergency grant of £535,000 announced in January, will enable the ten CWF cathedrals to offer training places to up to twenty-five craft trainees from September 2021.

The funding marks the second phase of a five-year partnership project with the CWF in which HOF is contributing £3.1m to expand heritage training at English cathedrals, enabling them to continue to develop the next generation of craftspeople despite the devastating impact of Covid-19 on cathedrals’ finances.  The HOF Craft Training project will be key to maintaining the flow of skilled craftspeople on whom the future of our cathedrals depends.

CWF Executive Director Frances Cambrook said: “We are delighted that the Hamish Ogston Foundation has recognised the value of the training we provide for craftspeople in cathedrals and the importance of ensuring its continuation as cathedrals start to recover from the effects of the pandemic.  Craft skills take time to develop and it is vital that we maintain the training momentum through the difficult years ahead.  The funding will enable us to deliver training next year and plan confidently to offer further training opportunities over the next four years”.

Trainee stonemason Harriet Bailey is one of the trainees who will benefit directly from this grant.  Harriet is due to complete her NVQ Level 3 in Stonemasonry at York College this summer and has been looking for a training role to enable her to progress.  The HOF funding has enabled Chester Cathedral to create a training position to which Harriet has just been recruited.  She will start at Chester in the summer and join the Level 4 course in September.

Harriet said: “I’m excited to be undertaking the CWF course funded by the Hamish Ogston Foundation and honoured to be joining Chester Cathedral to care for such a beautiful building, rich in history.  I look forward to applying what I learn in the degree to my work and reaching a stage where I can plan, manage, and carry out projects.  I hope one day to be able to pass down what I learn in the course to future apprentices and trainees”.

Robert Bargery, Heritage Director at the Hamish Ogston Foundation, said: “We are excited to be working with CWF on this timely project, which not only supports the heritage sector at a time of crisis but invests in the skills needed to conserve our cathedrals. Our oldest and finest buildings will not survive without a continuous flow of skilled craftspeople and a key part of our strategy is to give trainees a helping hand as they embark on a truly rewarding career”.

Discover more about the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship here.

Visit the Cathedral during #ChesterHeritageWeek and see heritage skills at work.  Full details can be found here.

His late Royal Highness, Prince Philip, has given outstanding service to our nation, commonwealth and church. He has been the principal support for Her Majesty the Queen during years of stability and prosperity that characterise her reign. His charitable work and patronage, especially the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, has been an inspiration to many including myself.

We celebrate and give thanks for his life praying for his soul and the wellbeing of the Queen and all the Royal family in their mourning.

Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, Dean of Chester.

Chester Cathedral has received a grant of £884,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Chester Cathedral in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The Cathedral was forced to take drastic measures to ensure the viability of the organisation since the start of Covid, to minimise the gap between income and expenditure.  Staff levels were reduced, reserves expended and loans taken to cover losses incurred through 2020.  This award will enable the Cathedral to reopen and reconnect with the city and its communities.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, said:
“It is great news that a grant of up to £884,000 is to be made through the Cultural Recovery Fund to Chester Cathedral.  This will make a huge difference whilst we prepare to open our doors to visitors again.

I hope this means that the Cathedral will be able to make a great contribution as the cultural, heritage and spiritual heart of Chester in the way we did before Covid, benefitting both the local community and its economy as well as enriching the lives of visitors.”

Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
“Spring is definitely here, bringing not only sunshine but that sense of optimism and hope for the future. We are all looking forward to heritage places and other visitor attractions reopening and I am very pleased that we have been able to support DCMS in delivering this vital funding to ensure the UK’s heritage sector can rebuild      and thrive, boosting local economies, creating jobs and supporting personal wellbeing.” 

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:
“The value of our heritage sites and the people who run them has been amply demonstrated, as they have provided an anchor for so many of us through the dark days of the last year.  Vital grants from the Culture Recovery Fund have helped them survive and will now help them recover, as the places we all cherish start to reopen in the months ahead.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England

A new Covid-19 testing centre for people without symptoms is set to open in the heart of Chester city centre, as Chester Cathedral becomes home to Cheshire West and Chester Council’s third asymptomatic testing centre in the borough.

The centres offer twice weekly testing for people who cannot work from home or people who care for family and friends, as well as people who share a household or bubble with a school pupil or someone who works at a school.  One in three people with Covid-19 do not have any symptoms so asymptomatic tests help to identify positive cases and prevent people from spreading the virus unknowingly.

Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “I am really pleased that we are able to work with Chester Cathedral to provide an asymptomatic testing centre at the heart of the city.

This will be an essential support for staff in the retail and hospitality sector as restrictions ease in the coming months.

It is a fabulous example of the community and Council working in partnership, all of us playing our parts in the fight against this dreadful virus.”

Dean of Chester, The Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, said: “We are very proud that Chester Cathedral can serve its local community in this way during the pandemic.

Opening this building to the NHS, Council staff and local people to help stop the spread of a deadly disease is a return to our core purpose and values.

The cathedral is a significant building in the heart of the city centre with good street level access into the South Transept where testing will take place.

We hope that its use as an asymptomatic testing centre will strengthen the message about how important it is to stop Covid-19 spreading.”

Other Covid-19 testing centres for people without symptoms are located at Stanney Oaks Leisure Centre, in Ellesmere Port, and Winsford Lifestyle Centre.  These two centres have provided more than 25,000 tests since the first site opened in December.  They are open between 9am and 7pm from Monday to Friday and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. No appointment is necessary.

Further details about the opening and operational times of the Chester Cathedral asymptomatic testing centre will be announced in due course.

Anyone who develops Covid-19 symptoms, which include a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, should self-isolate immediately and call: 119 or visit: to book a test.

To reduce the spread of Covid-19 everyone is reminded to stay at home as much as possible, wash their hands or use hand sanitiser regularly, cover their face in enclosed spaces and maintain social distancing by keeping two metres away from people they do not live with.

For more information on Covid-19 tests visit: and click on COVID-19 testing.

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Chester Cathedral is delighted to announce the appointment of Wendy Robertson to a new role, which will officially be called ‘TLT Community Missioner Chester Cathedral’ but is more likely to be known simply as Community Missioner. Wendy will work for three days a week from her base in the Cathedral office and will focus upon poverty and social isolation. Wendy is already known to many in the Cathedral through her support in the introduction of ‘Places of Welcome’ into the Cathedral.

“On behalf of Transforming Lives Together (TLT), I am delighted to announce that Wendy Robertson will be back working with us as we seek to build a movement to tackle poverty in the Diocese of Chester. TLT’s new independent charitable status and an imaginative collaboration with Chester Cathedral, brings a new dimension of possibilities and exciting opportunities to make a tangible difference to the most vulnerable in society. Wendy’s superb track record in addressing issues, such as food poverty and social isolation, is going to be desperately needed as the country emerges from the pandemic. I am thrilled that Wendy is now available for Churches that want to talk to her about TLT’s flagship programmes, ‘Filling the Gap’ and ‘Places of Welcome’, but also to help any Church community think through issues around poverty. Finally I am deeply grateful to Chester Cathedral for their co-operation in making this possible and to those who have financially supported this new start for TLT. Together with our partners, Chester Diocese and the Church Urban Fund we are making a movement to tackle poverty and we invite others to join in.”
The Venerable Ian Bishop
Archdeacon of Macclesfield and Chair of Transforming Lives Together.

What does Cheshire mean to you?  Is there a place in the County that inspires you, an area of outstanding natural beauty, a local park or a little nook or cranny?  Cheshire West and Chester Museums are calling for photographs for a new rolling online exhibition celebrating the Borough launched in February.

The Museums are looking for a photo of a place that means something to you, a partner or family members, with a short piece of writing about it.  It could be a description of where the photo was taken, a poem, a few lines about why you chose it, anything at all.  To help inspire you Kate Harland, Museums and Heritage Manager has written a short poem to accompany her image of Waverton Gorse.

Image of Waverton Gorse by Kate Harland

Once upon a spinning wheel, many spindles ago, the world stopped turning for a year or so.
The girl took to wandering and loved to explore the green lanes and byways close to her door.
She savoured the old names of woodlands she crossed, the spinney, the rough, the garth and the moss.
In covert, common, waste and gorse, she built strongholds of calm on forested floors.
Kate Harland

To submit a contribution to the My Cheshire online exhibition:

  • All photographs to be taken in landscape
  • Locations featured to be named and have public access
  • Images to be taken keeping to National social distancing guidelines
  • No people to appear in any images
  • Images, (min 1MB, max 3MB) and written reflections, (max 60 words), to be submitted via email to:

My Cheshire, is a joint project between Cheshire West Libraries and West Cheshire Museums and can be viewed from Friday 26 February here.

We have experienced in a variety of ways an extraordinary year.  Some have been ill, some have lost people close to them, some have been overworked in hospitals and some have shielded so they haven’t spoken with neighbours for many months.  It is a time for us to reflect looking backwards and also forwards.  For this purpose as we open the cathedral doors, there will be an opportunity for everyone to tie one, two or three ribbons on the railings outside the cathedral in order to reflect on the last year.

There will be three colours:

Purple – for grief to remember everyone who has died especially those those whom we have loved

Gold – for hope as we step into the future

Red – to be thankful for the NHS and for our own lives

You may want to tie one, two or all three ribbons onto the railings and as you do so, offer a prayer to God.

Be sure to follow the Cathedral on Facebook to know when our ribbons are available. Click here for our Facebook page.

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As part of a longer-term investment aimed at keeping alive the specialist skills needed to repair and maintain our cathedrals the Hamish Ogston Foundation (HOF) has joined forces with the CathedralsWorkshop Fellowship (CWF) to fund twenty-one stonemasonry and joinery trainees at English cathedrals in 2021.

Emergency funding of £535,000 will give the twenty-one trainees, and their employers, stability at a time of uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Without this support, some of the trainees would have had to call a halt to their studies and others would have faced redundancy, with the strong likelihood that their skills would have been lost to the heritage sector.

The funding marks the first phase of a five-year, £2.8m HOF/CWF project to expand heritage training at English cathedrals.  Even before the pandemic, many cathedrals were reaching crisis point, with no dedicated public funding to help them address the backlog of repairs.  Their financial position has been made much worse by Covid-19, in the wake of which it is unlikely that any cathedral will have the money to take on heritage craft trainees in the short term.  The HOF/CWF Craft Training project, details of which will be published shortly, will be key to maintaining the flow of skilled craftspeople on whom the future of our cathedrals depends.

CWF Executive Director Frances Cambrook said: “We are very excited to be working with the Hamish Ogston Foundation on this important initiative. Cathedrals, like everyone, have been hit hard by the pandemic and the immediate future of our craft training programmes was in jeopardy.  The funding will enable training to continue online throughout the rest of this academic year, avoiding the loss of trainee positions, and enable us to plan confidently to increase training opportunities over the next four years”.

Stonemason Tony Murphy is one of the trainees who will benefit directly from this grant. Redundancy had meant that he would have to give up his place on the CWF’s 2-year Foundation degree course, but HOF funding has enabled Tony to take up a placement at Gloucester Cathedral which will allow him to complete the course this year.

Tony said: “The funding from the Hamish Ogston Foundation is enabling me to continue my learning through the CWF at Gloucester Cathedral. I am passionate about furthering my skills and deepening my knowledge and experience as a crafts person. The broad range of teaching, work-based learning and professional development provided by the CWF is an invaluable opportunity for me. I am incredibly grateful to the HOF for their support”.

Chester Cathedral Stonemason, Tom Livingstone said: “Being a student on the CWF course at this time has allowed me to maintain a network with like-minded individuals which has been a great comfort.  The HOF funding is providing vital security to the burgeoning masonry department and my personal position at Chester Cathedral.”

Read more:
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In the silent, moonlit cathedral the little carved, brown mouse sneezed, ‘Atishoo, Atishoo,  Atishoo.’

Children can join Awesome Anselm – a wooden Cathedral mouse – on his third adventure in the glorious setting of Chester Cathedral.  Catch up with Anselm’s old friends the pig and the griffin and meet some new friends, including someone special who has been hiding for centuries right at the very top of the Cathedral, and travel with them all on another exciting escapade.

‘Awesome Anselm and the Chester Imp’ has been created and written by the Cathedral’s Vice Dean, Canon Jane Brooke and illustrated by Patricia Faraday and is now on sale in the Cathedral’s online gift shop at

Priced at £7.99 and with all profits going to the Cathedral’s Education Department, this lovely story book would make a great birthday gift for children aged three to seven.

Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including Chester Cathedral have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Grants of up to £1 million will deliver a lifeline for the heritage sector in England with further support to follow and larger grants for capital projects awarded through the Heritage Stimulus Fund

First major tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Chester Cathedral is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.

445 organisations will share £103 million, including Chester Cathedral to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.

Chester Cathedral has been awarded £16,501 to complete the first phase of a conservation project on the Cathedral’s Baptistry Mosaic flooring.  The grant will support an expert conservator who will bring back to life the Mosaics that have been covered for well over a decade.  The grant will also provide a public viewing platform giving access to St Anselm’s Chapel, which has a fine example of a Jacobean ceiling.

This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund – funded by Government and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.

433 organisations will receive a share of £67 million from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to help with costs for operating, reopening and recovery. This includes famous heritage sites across the country, from Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, Blyth Tall Ship to the Severn Valley Railway, the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincolnshire to the Piecehall in Halifax. The funds will save sites that are a source of pride for communities across the country.

12 organisations, including English Heritage, Landmark Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and the Canal and River Trust, will receive £34 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund to restart construction and maintenance on cherished heritage sites to preserve visitor attractions and protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors in the sector.

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has also been awarded a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund through Historic England. The AHF will use the funding to support charities and social enterprises occupying historic buildings to develop new business plans and strategies for organisations affected by the pandemic.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past. This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post covid.”

Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces, said:
“There’s no truer way to experience the past than to walk in the footsteps of those who have lived it – that’s why preserving our built heritage is so important.

“At Historic Royal Palaces, we care for six nationally significant buildings, opening them to the public and preserving them for future generations. Sadly, the pandemic meant that we had to stop some of our critical conservation work. The grant we have received from the Culture Recovery Fund will enable to this work to resume – so we can give some of Britain’s most historic buildings the care and attention they deserve, while supporting the specialist craftspeople who are vital for the future of our national heritage.  We are enormously grateful to the Government for this support.”

Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive said:
“It is heartening to see grants, both large and small, from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund helping heritage sites and organisations across the country which have been hit hard by the effects of Covid-19. These grants range from giving skilled craft workers the chance to keep their trades alive to helping heritage organisations pay the bills, and to kick-starting repair works at our best-loved historic sites. The funding is an essential lifeline for our heritage and the people who work tirelessly to conserve it for us all, so that we can hand it on to future generations.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund said:
“It is absolutely right that investing in heritage should be a priority during this crisis and this support by Government is crucial.  Heritage creates jobs and economic prosperity, is a major driver for tourism and makes our towns, cities, and rural areas better places to live.  All of this is so important for our wellbeing and will be particularly vital when we start to emerge from this incredibly difficult time.

“Our heritage is still facing a perilous future – we are not out of the woods yet.  But this hugely welcome funding from Government, and the money we continue to invest from the National Lottery, has undoubtedly stopped heritage and the organisations that care for it being permanently lost.”

Kate Mavor, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said:
“This support for our nation’s heritage is fantastic news.  Over the last few months, our teams have been working hard to welcome visitors back safely to the great castles, stone circles, abbeys and historic houses in our care. This funding will help us invest to safeguard the historic fabric of these much-loved places, which everyone can learn from and enjoy.”

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