Project information

A new Centre for Learning, Heritage and Arts

The vision is to conserve and bring into public use for the first time a wonderful 12th century grade I former monastic refectory undercroft to make learning, arts and heritage accessible for the whole community and provide a permanent base for the Cathedral’s award winning education programmes.

3 years

Charity information: Worcester Cathedral

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  • Need

    Need

    The condition of the huge medieval Undercroft is deteriorating due to the long-term impact of ground water and limited ventilation, resulting in the loss of much of the historic plaster to the vaults and significant salt damage to the original 12th century stonework.
    Also, planning permission for the wooden building used as a classroom for the Cathedral’s Education programme has expired and we urgently need a permanent new base.

    Solution

    The project will conserve an outstanding 12th century heritage asset and provide a new centre for learning as a gateway to access all the heritage, arts and educational programmes at Worcester Cathedral. It is not just a capital repair project – it is a project with people, communities and learning at its core.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To conserve a unique 12th century monastic Undercroft and open it to the public for the first time

    Activities

    » Undergo a programme of restoration.

    We are guided on the strategy for repair by Historic England and the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England. It is led by our architect, archaeologist and team of stone masons.


    Aim 2

    To provide a permanent venue for the Cathedral's award winning education programmes.

    Activities

    » Once restored, the Undercroft will be equipped and furnished to become the new Centre for Education

    After conservation and conversion we aim to open the Undercroft to the public in January 2020


  • Impact

    Impact

    We will increase the numbers of education visitors and be able to engage with a much wider
    range of socio-economic groups than has hitherto been possible.

    The addition of a new heritage asset will attract more visitors to the Cathedral.

    Risk

    We need to raise £500,000 in matched funding to complete the project. We receive no statutory government funding and rely on donations.


    Reporting

    We write to donors at least twice every year and invite them to visit Worcester Cathedral.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100 Conservation and conversion Conservation of the Undercroft and conversion into a Centre for Education
      £250 Conservation and conversion Conservation of the Undercroft and conversion into a Centre for Education
      £500 Conservation and conversion Conservation of the Undercroft and conversion into a Centre for Education
      £1,000 Conservation and conversion Conservation of the Undercroft and conversion into a Centre for Education
      £2,500 Conservation and conversion Conservation of the Undercroft and conversion into a Centre for Education
      £5,000 Conservation and conversion Conservation of the Undercroft and conversion into a Centre for Education
      £10,000 Conservation and conversion Conservation of the Undercroft and conversion into a Centre for Education
      £50 Conservation and conversion Conservation of the Undercroft and conversion into a Centre for Education
  • Background

    Location

    Worcester Cathedral is a vibrant community which serves the city and the diocese of Worcester, attracting over 300,000 visitors each year from all over the world. As a top 10 Heritage City and ranked as England’s safest city, Worcester is a favourite destination for tourists and families and was recently voted in the top 5 of England's most cultural cities. In 2017, the Cathedral was voted in the top 10 of the UK’s free to visit tourist
    attractions.

    Beneficiaries

    The project involves the whole community of every race, creed, ability and socio-economic group - that is the focus of our vision for Welcoming Visitors and Engaging with Society. This includes local people and visitors from all over the world. The project also engages local businesses by helping to increase the skills of the region's workforce and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Cathedral is the jewel in the crown of Worcestershire’s built heritage - its health and prosperity is essential to the County’s tourism economy and our partners are asking us to lead the way. After many years of planning and extensive consultation, we have evidenced a strong demand and overwhelming support for this project. In 2016, the Cathedral won a prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education and provides national leadership for Cathedral education.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    The Cathedral Steward

    The Steward is the Project Director and will manage all aspects of the delivery, including education, conservation and fundraising

    The Director Of Education And Learning

    The Director leads the Education Department - he manages the volunteers and develops and delivers the education and community programmes.

Everyone involved with this vision is excited at the thought of bringing the Undercroft back into use, in a comprehensive and considered way, for the first time since the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The Dean, the Very Revd Dr Peter Atkinson