Today Ripon Cathedral has received grant of £53,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable it to plan for a vibrant and sustainable future. Thanks to National Lottery players, the award will allow the Cathedral over the next year to develop a robust, economically sustainable future business plan together with a new communications initiative as well as providing support for the training of staff and volunteers which together will attract increased numbers of visitors and pilgrims to the Cathedral.
As Ripon Cathedral nears the 1350 years since its foundation by St Wilfrid in 672, this ancient and beautiful church is about to embark on the implementation of an exciting new strategy which will set the scene for the next stage of its development.
The Cathedral will build upon its unique association with Anglo Saxon saints during the period of the emergence of England as a nation together with its outstanding architectural heritage to offer an enhanced experience to a wider range of visitors.
The Very Reverend John Dobson (Dean of Ripon) said: ‘I am delighted that Ripon Cathedral has secured a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help with its future development. The Cathedral is one of the most important heritage sites in the Region and now aims to allow many more people to access its unique history, its stories and its architecture.
Explaining the importance of HLF support, the Head of HLF in Yorkshire and the Humber, Fiona Spiers said: “This award will help Ripon Cathedral prepare for the future and increase their resilience. The coming year will see important developments at the Cathedral to help them to effectively protect the heritage for future generations.”