Posted: 11.02.21 at 20:37 by Joseph Macey
Truro Cathedral has received a financial boost from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help fund repairs during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lifeline grants from the Culture Recovery Fund are designed to protect heritage sites and ensure that jobs and access to culture and heritage in local communities are protected during the months ahead.
Truro Cathedral has been awarded £20,000 for essential stonework repairs needed for the South-West tower.
Grants of up to £25,000 are being allocated to cherished heritage sites, like Truro Cathedral, across the country to cover urgently needed maintenance and repairs.
This vital funding comes from a part of the Culture Recovery Fund called the Heritage Stimulus Fund and is administered on behalf of the government by Historic England.
As well as rescuing precious heritage buildings in need, the injection of cash will protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors working in the sector.
Truro Cathedral is Cornwall’s only cathedral and plays an important role in providing both sacred space and common ground to its community.
The cathedral was completed in the 1880s and this neo-gothic building was designed by John Loughborough Pearson. It is the home of the much loved Nine Lessons and Carols Festival service.
As well as holding regular and special services, it is also used as a venue for many community and music events.
Sean O Neill, Chief Operating Officer at Truro Cathedral said:
"This funding is a real boon for us at a time when our income is significantly depleted. Even when the nation is under lockdown the
cathedral still needs maintaining, preserving, and keeping safe.
"Our resources are under more pressure than ever before and being enabled to undertake costly works such as these is a real lifeline
with the funding covering much of the cost of this important repair."