£50,000 awarded to Project Pilgrim


Gloucester Cathedral awarded £50,000 towards Project Pilgrim by Gloucester City Council

Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £50,000 from Gloucester City Council towards Project Pilgrim.

The grant has been given from the Council’s Regeneration Account which is specifically reserved for regeneration projects and recognises the Cathedral’s role as a focal-point for economic as well as heritage, spiritual and community activity.

The ambitious plans include:

  • the creation of a new Cathedral Green, providing a world class 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

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

“We are thrilled that Gloucester City Council has agreed to endorse Project Pilgrim with such a significant grant. The Cathedral sits at the heart of our City and like many in Gloucester, we are both proud of our past and ambitious for our future.”

Councillor Paul James, Leader of the City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy said:

It is right that our most important building should play a central role in Gloucester's regeneration.  I have no doubt that Project Pilgrim will help the Cathedral to strengthen its position at the heart of the city's life and I am delighted that the City Council has been able to contribute to this project financially and practically. 

Project Pilgrim Phase One: the Heart of Gloucester is a £6M Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project. Building work for the project is currently underway and is due to be completed in spring 2018.


About Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral stands at the heart of the city on a site of Christian worship that stretches back fifteen hundred years. As one of the finest medieval buildings in the country, it boasts a variety of architectural styles and is the resting place of King Edward II. Over 250,000 visitors are attracted to the site every year and it is supported by a team of over 400 volunteers.

About Project Pilgrim

Project Pilgrim is a once in a generation opportunity to improve and restore particular areas of the Cathedral, which will help the building fulfil its role as a place of dynamic spiritual, civic and heritage activity at the centre of Gloucester.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and through the generosity of Trusts and individuals, Project Pilgrim is an ambitious ten-year programme of capital development, regeneration and community engagement. It’s about involving people to bring the Cathedral’s history and religious purpose to life so everyone benefits. Project Pilgrim will provide opportunities for all people, whatever their age, background or faith, to learn about, respond to and interact with Gloucester Cathedral. 

Project Pilgrim - through its vision to connect and engage with people and to restore parts of this ancient and iconic building - will ensure that Gloucester Cathedral remains at the very heart of the City and of the Cotswolds.

Find out more here 

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery

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