£3million lotto bid to help unveil Durham Cathedral’s hidden treasures

SCENE STAR: One of the images from the Crimestoppers calendar.
SCENE STAR: One of the images from the Crimestoppers calendar.
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DURHAM Cathedral has passed the first stage of a bid for £3.5million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The money is wanted for the Open Treasure project, which would reveal more of the 11th -entury cathedral’s internationally important collections and previously hidden architectural wonders.

The project will create two new exhibition spaces in the Monks’ Dormitory and Great Kitchen, forming the start and end points of a new circulation route within the buildings around the cloister.

Visitors would be taken on a journey through a sequence of spaces that tell the story of the cathedral and its rich Christian heritage.

The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham, said: “It is wonderful news that HLF has encouraged us to proceed to the next round of the application process.

“This is an ambitious project, and to achieve it we shall need the support of HLF and many others.

“A successful outcome will be good not only for Durham and its cathedral, but for the visitor economy of the North East as a whole.”