Participating Project

Project information

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 create a centre for learning, arts and heritage for the whole community.

3 years

Charity information: Worcester Cathedral

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  • Need

    Need

    The project will convert and secure the medieval Undercroft for a sustainable use and provide essential spaces to support the growing education programme at the Cathedral.

    Solution

    The education centre will provide an innovative and versatile venue for whole community learning for Worcestershire and the surrounding region.

  • 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 need to raise £500,000 in one year to secure a £1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


    Aim 2

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

    Activities

    » The centre will provide an innovative and versatile venue for whole community learning for Worcestershire and beyond.

    The Undercroft will provide two teaching spaces, visitor storage space, a reception area, administration space and toilet facilities. A lift will ensure access to all.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The centre provides a forum for hosting a range of creative outreach opportunities designed to expose a broader cross section of the public to the unique learning opportunities the Cathedral offers. It will facilitate engagement with a much wider range of socio-economic groups and non-traditional constituencies than has hitherto been possible.

    Risk

    We have received initial funding of £168,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we need to secure £500,000 in matched funding to secure the stage two grant of £1m.

    This means that every donation to this project is trebled in value by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Reporting

    We write to donors at least twice every year and invite them to visit Worcester Cathedral. Grants from charitable trusts are reported in the Annual Report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500,000 Conservation and conversion Conservation and conversion of the Undercroft to create a centre for learning, heritage and arts

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Heritage Lottery Fun £1,000,000 Conditional
  • 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 centre will facilitate engagement with a much wider range of socio-economic groups and non-traditional constituencies than has hitherto been possible.

    The undercroft will be a Centre for whole community learning.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Centre will play a decisive role in maintaining the Education Department's existing status as a beacon of excellence in educational outreach and a model of best practice.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jane Rogers

    Director of Fundraising and Development

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