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Grant helps Gloucester Cathedral shine light on windows

Gloucester Cathedral has received a grant of almost £170,000 for emergency repairs from Historic England as part of the Government's £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.

It follows a £200,000 grant last month to help the Cathedral cover the costs for operating, reopening and recovery after the fall in visitor numbers and income during the coronavirus pandemic

The latest award of £169,055 will be used to undertake repairs to one of the windows in the Cathedral's tower and a separate window in the North Transept.

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Both windows are difficult to reach and the work will require the use of scaffolding with the main body of the Cathedral.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester, said: "We are extremely grateful for this support from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund.

"It allows us to undertake repairs to two windows in key locations within the Cathedral - one high above the Cathedral Quire where daily worship has taken place for centuries and the other above our main visitor route.

"The work will be undertaken by glazing specialists, supported by the Cathedral's own team of stonemasons and once completed, will help us keep Gloucester Cathedral open to all."

The funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund which is administered by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Both funds are part of the Government's £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund designed to secure the future of Britain's museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.

Historic England's chief executive Duncan Wilson said: "These grants range from giving skilled craft workers the chance to keep their trades alive to helping heritage organisations pay the bills, and to kick-starting repair works at our best-loved historic sites.

"The funding is an essential lifeline for our heritage and the people who work tirelessly to conserve it for us all, so that we can hand it on to future generations."

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