Wells Cathedral has received a grant of up to £519,300 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and prepare to reopen to visitors wanting to experience all the Cathedral has to offer.
Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Wells Cathedral in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
Described as the “most poetic” of the English Cathedrals, Wells Cathedral is home to a thriving spiritual, musical and historical ministry that stretched back nearly 850 years. As the earliest English Cathedral to have been built entirely in the Gothic style, Wells Cathedral is a significant landmark in the South West and has an international reputation.
This grant from the Culture Recovery Fund will help Wells Cathedral continue working towards a full re-opening to the community of Somerset and beyond. It will help to secure further artists and events, and to redevelop the visitor experience provided by the Cathedral, including tours and community days.
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.
“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden
“We are thrilled to have received further support from the Culture Recovery Fund.
Since the Pandemic began, we have faced huge challenges. During this latest period of lockdown Cathedrals have been able to remain open for individual prayer and reflection, according to government guidelines.
This funding awarded to us by the Culture Recovery Fund is essential – it will help the Cathedral continue to care for the Cathedral building, prepare to re-open for heritage visitors, for concerts, events, and wider community purposes. We have plans to ensure that the visitor experience is the best we can offer, so it will attract visitors to the area, and boost the local economy. We are very grateful for everything that this Fund has enabled”.
The Very Reverend Dr John Davies, Dean of Wells
“Spring is definitely here, bringing not only sunshine but that sense of optimism and hope for the future. We are all looking forward to heritage places and other visitor attractions reopening and I am very pleased that we have been able to support DCMS in delivering this vital funding to ensure the UK’s heritage sector can rebuild and thrive, boosting local economies, creating jobs and supporting personal wellbeing.”
Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund