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

Worcester Cathedral has received initial support for a £1.2m National Lottery grant to conserve and bring into public use, for the first time, the 12thcentury Undercroft of College Hall.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded development funding of £168,000 to the Cathedral for it to progress its vision to create a unique historic venue to facilitate learning, arts and heritage for the whole community and to install a lift to provide access for all. Upon successful completion of the development phase, the Cathedral will then apply for the Stage Two grant of just over £1m to deliver the project over a three year period with a view to opening the new centre in 2020.

Also included in the National Lottery funded project is the conservation of the over-life size carving of ĎChrist in Majestyí in College Halll. We hope to better understand, interpret and conserve this internationally significant 13th†century monument.

The project will convert and secure the medieval Undercroft for a sustainable use and provide essential spaces and facilities to support the growing education programme at the Cathedral. The proposed plans for the Undercroft will create two teaching rooms, visitor storage space, a reception area, administration space and toilet facilities.

The conversion of the Cathedralís medieval Undercroft into a new education centre will provide an innovative and versatile venue for whole community learning for both Worcestershire and the surrounding region.

The £500,000 Challenge

During the development phase, the Cathedral will progress its consultations with the community, particularly with audiences who donít currently engage with the Cathedral to develop new and inspiring activities. They will review access to the Undercroft to ensure that is it available to a wide audience.

The development phase also includes securing £500,000 in matched funding. If successful, the Stage Two National Lottery grant will be for just over £1 million. This means that every donation made to this project will be trebled in value by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Cathedral warmly invites support from charitable trusts, local businesses and individuals.

Please click

  • here for the full brochure
  • here for the leaflet
  • here for the donation form

For more information, contact the Development Office on: 01905 732912 or by emailing: development@worcestercathedral.org.uk

Making a tax efficient gift to Worcester Cathedral

Donations by individuals to Worcester Cathedral are tax free and gifts can be spread over a number of years. Donating through Gift Aid means that the Cathedral can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It wonít cost you any extra and all you have to do is complete the Gift Aid Declaration and return it to us. If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation.

A Gift Aided pledge totalling £8,000 made over a number of years would be worth £10,000 to the Cathedral. Donors paying 40% tax can then personally claim back £2,000 on their gift.

You can make a gift or set up a Direct Debit to the Cathedral safely and securely online using the JustGiving website. You can also donate by texting WORC01 £(amount) to 70070. A text acknowledgement will give a link to Gift Aid.

You do not have to pay tax on land, property or shares you donate to Worcester Cathedral and you get tax relief on Capital Gains Tax and Income Tax.

A gift in your Will to Worcester Cathedral is free from inheritance tax and may reduce your inheritance tax rate if more than 10% of your estate is left to charity. You can donate a fixed amount, an item or specific gift, such as property or shares, or what is left after other gifts have been given out.


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