1. ITV Report

£4 million Heritage Lottery Grant to transform Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral has been awarded a £4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will let them begin on stage one of an ambitious project called 'Project Pilgrim' to improve and restore parts of the building and grounds. More events are also planned to share the history of the area's people and places.

This represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the Cathedral to play an even greater role in the lives of local people and in the regeneration of our City.

There are further challenges ahead but this achievement signifies a huge step towards realising our aspiration to ensure that Gloucester Cathedral remains open, accessible and free to all

– The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester
A new green is planned. Credit: Gloucester Cathedral

Plans include:

  • the creation of a new Cathedral Green, providing a public space in the historic heart of the City
  • conservation of the 15th Century Lady Chapel and its magnificent stained glass
  • provision of a new entrance and welcome area
  • improvements to access and story-telling across the site
  • installation of solar panels on the nave roof
'Tribune Gallery Discovery and Interpretation Space' Credit: Gloucester Cathedral

This will be supported by a three year programme of activities to help more people to connect with the Cathedral's heritage.

Work is scheduled to begin in the late summer.

Restorations works will also get underway. Credit: Gloucester Cathedral

The announcement that Gloucester Cathedral will receive funding from the HLF to make Project Pilgrim a reality is fantastic news. This exciting project is about the Cathedral being here for everyone regardless of age, faith or background.

It is my hope and prayer that through this project many people will discover how their own story connects with that of the Cathedral and the story of Jesus Christ.

– The Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester