New cathedrals programme

New cathedrals programme

December 2010

The Wolfson Foundation's new £500,000 fund for cathedral fabric repairs (in partnership with the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England) has announced that six successful cathedrals (out of 18 applicants) are to receive grants towards major projects. The successful applicants are Durham, Ely, Lichfield, Lincoln, Rochester and York (details at bottom of page).

The Foundation is now extending the scheme with an additional £1 million investment over the next two years.

The Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chairman of CFCE, said: "These handsome grants are entirely due to the generosity of the Wolfson Foundation, as part of its charitable support of excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts and humanities.

Cathedrals not only have to find the necessary funds to maintain some of Englands most architecturally and historically significant buildings, but 2009 was the last year of English Heritages 19-year-old ring-fenced Cathedrals Grant Scheme."

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: "Cathedrals are the most significant buildings within Englands wonderful architectural heritage. The Wolfson Foundation is glad to be involved in maintaining them for current and future generations."

Janet Gough, Director, Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division, Archbishops Council, added: "Given the demand for funding for fabric repairs to cathedrals, we are thrilled that the Wolfson Foundation has agreed to extend the scheme for a further two years. We continue in conversation with other funding bodies with a view to attracting further participants to this important scheme."

The successful applicants are:

Durham Great Kitchen - New Lead-lined Outer Roof
Grant £80,000

Ely North Transept - Stonework and Roof Repairs
Grant £100,000

Lichfield Lady Chapel - Stonework Repairs
(in conjunction with conservation of Herkenrode Glass)
Grant £100,000

Lincoln South East Transept Triforium - Roof Repairs
Grant £100,000

Rochester Chapter Room/Library - Roof Repairs
Grant £100,000

York Nave - Roof Repair
Grant £20,000