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£3.5m in Lottery pot to restore Luxulyan Valley's natural and industrial treasures

Plans to restore a Cornish beauty spot has been backed with millions of pounds worth of lottery money.

The old mine workings. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration project aims to carry out extensive conservation work in the area.

They also want to re-examine the valley's industrial and natural heritage to underpin a programme of activities to engage new visitors, improve accessibility and provide training and volunteering opportunities for people living locally.

Treffry viaduct. Credit: ITV News West Country
Amount of money earmarked for the Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration project

Now, the project is one step closer. A joint bid from Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust for the Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration project has received earmarked funding of £3,473,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

What does 'earmarked funding mean'?

Earmarked funding means the outline proposals for the project met initial criteria for funding and the Heritage Lottery Fund believes the project has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money.

The project now has 2 years to submit fully developed proposals to secure a firm award.

Has been awarded in the meatime to help progress plans to apply for the full earmarked funding.

Why is the money important?

The project will restore much of the industrial heritage within the valley including the iconic Treffry Viaduct, which is currently on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register.

A separately funded hydroelectric turbine, powered by water from the repaired Victorian leats in the valley, will fund the ongoing conservation and continue the water powered theme of the area.

The valley's Carmears tramway also has some of the best surviving lengths of early 19th century tramway rails in the UK.

This is wonderful news and ensures the future heritage of the Treffry Viaduct and long-term sustainability of the Luxulyan Valley as a whole”

– Philip Hills, Cornwall Heritage Trust Chairperson

To be given the funding green light by the Heritage Lottery Fund is a major boost. It will allow the Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration project to work on plans to not only conserve our heritage, but to also share the story so that more people can appreciate the amazing historical significance of the valley.

– Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council
Luxulyan valley. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Brunel Museum awarded Heritage Lottery Funding

Plans for The Brunel Museum are outlined in this artists impression. Credit: ITV West Country

A brand new museum dedicated to one of the world's greatest engineers is to open on Bristol's harbourside in 2017.

The Brunel Museum, celebrates the life and creations of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and has been awarded £4.78 million pounds by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It will open alongside the SS Great Britain in two years time.

The money means the £7.1 million pound project it is now 90 per cent funded.

Medieval manuscripts collection most important in SW

The books, including numerous rare editions, have been collated by librarians and numerous benefactions over hundreds of years.

The secret garden of this great centre of Christian culture and heritage has at last been opened. Home to a vast range of books, pamphlets, periodicals and papers dating back centuries the library ‘has palpable potential’ and Downside are delighted to have its rightful place as a national centre for religious heritage unlocked thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

– Dom Aidan Bellenger, Abbot of Downside

This wonderful library, which in the past has only been available to select scholars, will now be opened up for everyone to learn from and enjoy. As well as conserving these remarkable collections, a wide variety of learning activities – including guided tours, exhibitions and opportunities for the public to see the conservation process in action – will help people understand the importance of the collections kept at Downside and bring the archives into the 21st century through an exciting digitisation programme."

– Tamsin Daniel, Heritage Lottery Fund South West Committee

Hidden archive to be opened up thanks to lottery cash

The oldest Benedictine Monastic Community in the UK, Downside Abbey, in Radstock near Bath, has received £856,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to open up their internationally important, and currently hidden, library and archive collections.

Cardinal John Henry Newman's King James' Bible - 1809. Credit: Downside Abbey Trustees
Book of Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 14th c. Credit: Downside Abbey Trustees

The Monastery’s collections, comprising of some 450,000 books, Incunabula, manuscripts and periodicals, are incredibly varied and valuable.

Books on Sundials, Medieval Books of Hours, the Great War, book plates and Papal Bulls stand alongside theological and historical works.

The archives of the English Benedictine Congregation, dating back to the early 17th century, form the core of the archive collection.


Old brewery in Redruth receives lottery funding

Lottery funding will transform this old brewery in Redruth Credit: ITV Westcountry

£9.8 million pound plans to transform an old brewery in Redruth into an archive and record centre for Cornwall have won the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It means Cornwall Council will get a grant to come up with a formal proposal for funding for the project.

The centre will house manuscripts reflecting the area's history.

Quarter of a million to redevelop Lynmouth Pavilion

Lynmouth Pavilion as it is now Credit: ITV News West Country

Exmoor National Park Authority has been given quarter of a million pounds to help redevelop Lynmouth Pavillion.

The money from the Heritage Lottery fund will pay for two staff at the new visitor centre, and also events and exhibitions. The project's also had £50,000 from the local authority. The new Pavillion is due to open this year.

Heritage Lottery funding for Clevedon Pier

£720,000 has been allocated in Heritage Lottery funding Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

As the only intact Grade I listed pier in England, Clevedon Pier is of immense heritage importance and much-loved by the local community.

HLF’s funding will enable the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust to create a sustainable future for the pier ensuring its survival for the next hundred years.

A much-needed new visitor space will be created and used for community events, workshops and learning activities and will also include a café and toilet facilities, helping the Pier become a first-class heritage attraction once again.

These improvements will also boost visitor numbers and contribute to the local economy.

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