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Gloucester stands to benefit from over £7.3m worth of National Lottery investment following successful applications by Gloucester Cathedral and Llanthony Secunda Priory to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

HLF has supported 22 projects in the city since 2010, playing a major part in the revival of Gloucester’s heritage.

The most recent successes mean that two of Gloucester’s most famous sites can now undertake major development projects:

The Cathedral’s ‘Project Pilgrim Phase One: the Heart of Gloucester’ is a £6m initiative, with £4.1m coming from HLF, to improve and restore key areas of the building and grounds. The project includes plans to uncover and share stories about the people and events which helped to shape our nation’s history.

Llanthony’s Reformation Project will see nearly £4m invested in the site with £3.2m coming from HLF.  Two of the historic priory buildings will be restored and brought back into use for both the local community and Gloucestershire College and so breathing new life into the site.

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Richard Graham (Member of Parliament) said: “Gloucester Cathedral is the jewel in our crown, but its setting will now be improved, and as a result the Cathedral will be more accessible to all. When Project Pilgrim is complete we’ll see the Cathedral in a new and better context.

The Llanthony Priory Trust award will benefit Gloucestershire College students who will use the buildings, visitors to Gloucester Quays and residents in the new Bakers Quay development and all over the county who will enjoy the new open space created.

Heritage led-regeneration in Gloucester is now enhancing lives today and this is something to celebrate.”

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: “Gloucester’s remarkable heritage continues to attract and inspire people from all over the world and we are delighted that different historic sites across the city are working together to make the most of the opportunities it provides. Project Pilgrim will enable the Cathedral to make a significant contribution to the regeneration of our city and to play an even greater role in the lives of local people.”

Jeremy Williamsom, Chair of Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust said: “Llanthony Secunda Priory has been forgotten and languishing, literally the wrong side of the tracks for too long, having been cut off from the City by the railway lines of the industrial period. This project aims to put Llanthony Secunda back on the map given its important role in the development of the City. It will allow the Trust to restore the key buildings & utilise the fabulous green space for the benefit of the community and visitors.”

HLF has also supported key organisations within the city to work alongside each other to make the most of Gloucester’s diverse heritage and provide more opportunities for people to get involved. ‘The Gloucester Heritage Forum’ is developing events and volunteering opportunities, as well as playing a leading role promoting the city’s regeneration through heritage.

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