Undercroft Learning Centre

A Centre for Learning, Heritage and Arts for the Whole Community

We are delighted to announce that Worcester Cathedral has been awarded £1 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop our medieval undercroft into a Centre for Learning for the community.

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Something is happening in Worcester Cathedral.

Behind a door, down the stairs, and deep into the medieval heart of the cathedral, something is changing.

In the cathedralís undercroft, the huge cellars of the former priory, excavations are taking place. Holes are being dug. Environmental conditions are being monitored. Plans are being drawn, and momentum is building.

Why? Because the undercroft has entered a period of transformation. Worcester Cathedral has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to conserve the medieval cellars, and to transform them into a new learning centre. Bringing the last of the cloisterís monastic buildings back into use, this will open the space to schools, community groups, visitors and tourists, and will give them a flavour of centuries of history.

The project will convert and secure the medieval Undercroft for sustainable use, and will provide essential facilities to support the growing education programme at the Cathedral. The proposed plans for the Undercroft will create two teaching rooms, an interpretation space, a reception area and toilet facilities.† The project will provide an innovative and versatile venue for whole community learning for both Worcestershire and the surrounding regions, and will allow visitors to engage with the history of this incredible building.

And the work continues above ground, with the impressive Christ in Majesty relief sculpture being preserved and interpreted for future generations.

To follow the journey of the undercroft from monastic cellar to inspiring learning centre, and to get involved in this extraordinary project, follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@WorcUndercroft) and Instagram (@undercroftlearningcentre).


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