Wells Cathedral’s Lady Chapel windows receive a lifeline grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund
Wells Cathedral has received a financial boost from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, which will pay for vital work on the windows of the Lady Chapel during the coronavirus pandemic.
The predominantly 14th century stained glass in Wells Cathedral’s Lady Chapel is part of arguably the most important collection of medieval glass in southern England. It has been assessed as at high risk and requiring priority conservation works. A grant of £23,910 has been awarded specifically to cover the costs of comprehensive investigative work which will inform urgent repairs.
Lifeline grants from the Culture Recovery Fund are designed to protect heritage sites and ensure that jobs and access to culture and heritage in local communities is protected during the months ahead.
Grants of up to £25,000 are being allocated to cherished heritage sites, like Wells Cathedral, across the country to cover urgently needed maintenance and repairs. This vital funding comes from a part of the Culture Recovery Fund called the Heritage Stimulus Fund and is administered on behalf of the government by Historic England.
As well as rescuing precious heritage buildings in need, the injection of cash will protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors working in the sector.
“These grants will help the places that have shaped our skylines for hundreds of years and that continue to define culture in our towns and cities. We’re protecting heritage and culture in every corner of the country to save jobs and ensure it’s there for future generations to enjoy.”
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden
“We are so grateful to have received this funding from the Culture Recovery Fund. The Cathedral is facing huge financial challenges as a result of the pandemic, but the extremely costly work needed to protect our buildings must go on. Wells Cathedral is a significant landmark and visitor attraction in the South West of England and has an international reputation. With the help of the Culture Recovery Fund we can continue working to maintain and protect this important heritage, keeping it accessible to the public and contributing to the life and economy of our community.”
The Very Reverend Dr John Davies, Dean of Wells
“Historic places across the country are being supported by the Government’s grants awarded under the Culture Recovery Fund. This funding is a lifeline which is kick-starting essential repairs and maintenance at many of our most precious historic sites, so they can begin to recover from the damaging effects of COVID-19. It is also providing employment for skilled craft workers who help keep historic places alive and the wheels of the heritage sector turning. Our shared heritage is an anchor for us all in these challenging times and this funding will help to ensure it remains part of our collective future.”
Duncan Wilson, Historic England Chief Executive