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27/07/2016

News release - issued by York Minster

£500,000 government funding for the next phase of repairs at York Minster

The Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull has welcomed the announcement of £500,000 of new funding from a government sponsored body to support critically important conservation and repair works at York Minster.

The grant is a part of a £14.5 million funding package announced by the First World War Centenary Repairs Fund. 40 cathedrals across England will receive grants from £25,000 to more than £800,000 for essential repairs including roofing, stained-glass and stonework.

The new funding will provide a welcome boost to the next great phase of repair and restoration already underway at York Minster: the 11 bays of the Quire Aisle on the south side of the cathedral. Funds will also be directed to the repair of stonework in the Lady Chapel, located directly under the Minster’s Great East Window.

Commenting on the new funding, Vivienne Faull said:

“Cathedrals continue to have a vitally important role in the lives of communities across the country. People come for worship, contemplation and sanctuary, to experience the most exquisite architecture and to sense and measure the immense histories of these buildings against our finite existence.

“This funding acknowledges a shared national responsibility to ensure that our cathedrals will endure for future generations. I am grateful to the First World War Centenary Repairs Fund for continuing to provide this critically important financial support.”

In 2014 and 2015 the First World War Centenary Repairs Fund awarded a total of £300,000 to York Minster for repairs to the stonework and roof of the Camera Cantorum - a two storey structure dating from 1415, which today houses the Minster shop and provides rehearsal space for the Minster’s choristers.

Generations of choristers have been trained in the Camera Cantorum including twelve former choristers and an Alto songman who were all killed on active service in the First World War.

ENDS


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