Durham Cathedral is awarded £1million from the National Lottery

Durham Cathedral is a Grade 1 listed UNESCO World Heritage Site that shares many of the same financial and operational challenges as other internationally important cultural sites.

The scale and significance of the Cathedral and its precinct present complex challenges in terms of continual conservation and repair work. The Chapter of Durham Cathedral is making a strategic step-change in the way it manages the care of this much loved historic building to help meet these challenges. It has launched an ambitious fundraising campaign called Foundation 2020 which aims to raise £10 million for an endowment fund by 2020 to be used specifically to support the annual cycle of planned maintenance and repair of the Cathedral buildings.

The magnificent Cathedral, often cited as the best example of Romanesque architecture in Europe, provides a unique setting for the many services, events and activities that take place daily and today welcomes over 750,000 visitors each year. Foundation 2020 will help safeguard Durham Cathedral for future generations to enjoy.

To kick start the campaign, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported by National Lottery players, has awarded the Cathedral a grant of £1 million to Foundation 2020, which is available to match donations raised on a £1 per £1 basis.

The Cathedral has already invested £3.7 million into the fund, and very much hopes to achieve its goal of £10 million by 2020. The very generous award of £1 million from the National Lottery and the potential to draw in match funding, is a major step towards achieving the goal.

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, says, “Sharing our faith and heritage with the world is a fundamental part of the Cathedral’s vision. Conservation and repair of this wonderful building is crucial to this vision. We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for its continued support of Durham Cathedral. Its grant of £1 million to Foundation 2020 we hope will open doors to match funding, helping secure the Cathedral’s future.”

“This grant is on the back of National Lottery support of Open Treasure which has enabled us to widen access to the Cathedral’s internationally important collections of artefacts, objects and manuscripts and to the magnificent claustral buildings where they are displayed. We are enormously thankful for its support and faith in the Cathedral’s ability to deliver.”

Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re pleased to help kick-start Durham Cathedral’s ambitious fundraising campaign to enhance their long-term financial resilience and ensure the incredible heritage of the cathedral remains safe and accessible for all.”

The Cathedral’s National Lottery funded major development project Open Treasure will finally be complete as the Treasures of St Cuthbert, the exquisite Anglo-Saxon artefacts associated with St Cuthbert, are installed in their new permanent home – the 14th century monastic Great Kitchen, within Open Treasure – from Saturday, July 29.

For more information visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/open-treasure