Culture Recovery Fund Grant


Gloucester Cathedral receives £200k Boost from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund











- Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including Gloucester 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

Gloucester 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 Gloucester Cathedral to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.

Gloucester Cathedral will benefit from a £200,000 grant to

  • Connect with new and existing audiences through a new digital platform
  • Deliver inspiring cultural activities onsite and online
  • Meet new operational costs, including PPE
  • Provide specialist support to ensure commercial resilience

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.

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.”

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded a Cultural Recovery Fund grant.

Gloucester Cathedral has served its city, county and diocese for almost 1,000 years and as stewards of this magnificent building, we continue that legacy for new generations, ensuring our mission remains relevant, engaging and accessible to all.

Like so many, the Cathedral has been hit hard by COVID-19. Yet, at a time when so many lives have been turned upside down, our aim is not to step back, but to step up. Rather than wait for things to get better, our plan is to reach out, embrace our community and heal. This money will enable us to support Gloucester’s recovery by enhancing and expanding our arts and heritage work both onsite and online. It will also improve our financial resilience, ensuring we can continue to inspire our visitors and community.

In such uncertain times, we must be a beacon of hope. This generous grant will make sure the Cathedral remains here for culture and here for everyone.”

The Cathedral is open to the public and has resumed public acts of worship. It was awarded Visit Britain’s Industry Standard ‘We’re Good to Go’ status after following government and industry Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the building is safe for people to visit.

Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’ will kick start the Cathedral’s cultural programme when it opens on Tuesday 13 October.

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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