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Four English cathedrals awarded £8m National Lottery funding boost
Leicester, Lichfield, Newcastle and Worcester Cathedrals have received over £8m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help them better engage with their communities.
The cash injection will be used for a wide range of creative community-focused projects, including creating a sacred space for all to enjoy in Newcastle's city centre.
Newcastle Cathedral received £ 4.2m from the fund and cathedral donors topped up the money, bringing the total for the project to £6m.
The Very Reverend Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle told Premier more about what the money will be spent on.
"We'll be removing a large amount of ledger stones, which tells the history of Newcastle people.
"There will be a new floor with underfloor heating which will look magnificent. New seating - the whole place should look spectacular."
More than £1m @HeritageFundUK has been awarded to @WorcCathedral, enabling the creation of a unique historic venue to facilitate learning, arts and #heritage for the whole #Worcester community in its 12th century undercroft.https://t.co/59p0DjWzvf pic.twitter.com/7qFUib3G8I— The Church of England (@churchofengland) May 13, 2019
Worcester's 12th century undercroft will be brought into public use as an imaginative learning hub and new city venue with the £1m it was awarded.
Leicester Cathedral's ambitious £11.3m project to restore the city's historic cathedral and build a new heritage learning centre along side the main building is a step closer thanks to the cathedral securing £3.3m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Lichfield Cathedral (above) has been awarded a grant of £156,400 for essential research, planning and assessment work on the cathedral's future needs.
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 this is tremendous news for these four cities and their wider communities.
"The value of our cathedrals is clear to the ten million people who visit each year, and to the hundreds of thousands who regularly attend worship.
"The cities and wider communities which Lichfield, Leicester, Newcastle and Worcester serve are at the heart of these projects, and these funding awards highlight the enduring importance and appeal of cathedrals, and their ability to maintain traditions of worship and openness whilst also pioneering new ways of inviting everyone to enjoy all they have to offer."
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