£7m investment in two of England’s most spectacular cathedrals
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is today announcing a £7m of investment in two of the UK’s most wonderful buildings: Durham Cathedral and Peterborough Cathedral.
Both are due to celebrate important anniversaries in the next five years.
£3.9m for Durham Cathedral
HLF’s investment will enable the display of original 13th-century copies of the Magna Carta alongside other artefacts in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the charter in 2015. The Monks’ Dormitory and Great Kitchen, some of the most intact medieval monastic rooms in England, will be restored to house an exhibition showcasing the history of the cathedral and its monastic community. These spaces will be linked via a new gallery, to be created in a hidden void between existing medieval buildings and forming a new visitor route around what is the most complete set of medieval claustral buildings that remain in the UK today.
£2.5m for Peterborough Cathedral
This money will fund a more welcoming entrance to the 13th-century Early English Gothic West Front and help display the history of the building. The Grade I listed Knights’ Chamber, located in one of the finest abbey gatehouses in the country, was used by distinguished knights of the day as a meeting place to discuss their heraldic duties. It will be restored to house a new visitor and heritage centre and will open to the public by 2018 to mark the 900th anniversary of the cathedral.