Lincoln Cathedral has been awarded a £11.4 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards a £16 million redevelopment project.
The HLF grant will be used to enhance visitor facilities and experience at the cathedral.
Included in the updates will be an interpretation centre, education suite, café and shop as well as some restoration and conservation work, a new floodlighting scheme and extensive landscaping.
Ros Kerslake, CEO at HLF, said, “Lincoln Cathedral is one of England’s finest surviving architectural examples of Norman power and dominance. With £11.4m of support from National Lottery players, restoration work can now begin along with the creation of a new interpretation centre. We’re particularly supportive of a complementary programme of activities aimed at doubling current school visit numbers.”
The project is expected to bring in an extra 125,000 visitors a year, generating profits of £500,000 for the cathedral and adding value to the local economy.
The Subdean of Lincoln, the Revd Canon John Patrick, said, “This project has been many years in the making, and have resulted in fabulous plans which will transform Lincoln Cathedral into a top destination, while supporting our ministry of excellent worship and ministry.
“In the past 18 months we have unearthed some fabulous hidden history, which we are looking forward to showcase when the project is complete in 2020.”