A photo of Southwell Minster, which has received a lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Southwell Minster receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

PR for Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham

  • Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including Southwell Minster, 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

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

Following a successful application, Southwell Minster has been awarded £400,900 and will use these funds to deliver its strategic plans for long term sustainability.  This funding will enable Southwell Minster to develop new areas of income and growth, which has been severely reduced due to Covid-19, enhance its visitor experience by developing a more compelling heritage and tourism offer, and continue to provide employment and volunteering opportunities for people within Southwell and the wider county.

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.”

The Dean of Southwell, The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan, said:

“This generous grant gives us a real opportunity to rebuild our vital work after the serious financial difficulties of the last seven months. People come to Southwell Minster looking for inspiration, peace and hope in these unsettling times and this support will ensure our doors of welcome remain open.”

Adele Poulson, Chief Operating Officer said:

“This is fantastic news for us and an essential lifeline for the Cathedral and all those who work and volunteer here. This funding is financially transformative and will enable us to safeguard the historic fabric of the building, preserve jobs, and build on our hospitality of welcome which we hope will be enjoyed by all those who visit this remarkable place. We are enormously grateful to the Government for this support.”

Southwell Minster is the Anglican Cathedral of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. The Cathedral is a Grade I listed building and situated in a conservation area in the attractive small market town 12 miles from Nottingham. The Cathedral has a choir of professional lay clerks, boy and girl choristers and a voluntary Minster Chorale. It seats up to 900 people and pre Covid -19 offered daily worship, as well as hosting numerous concerts, activities for schools, diocesan and community events. The Archbishop of York’s Palace and medieval ruins situated in a beautiful garden sit adjacent to the Cathedral. The grounds and Minster are open to the public daily.

Southwell Minster is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest Norman churches in England and one of the primary iconic heritage attractions in the East Midlands.

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