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/ 9 October 2020

15 churches across London receive lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

15 churches across the Diocese of London are amongst the 445 heritage organisations set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, helping them through the coronavirus pandemic.

London’s churches will receive a total of just over £2m, with grants awarded to the likes of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square and St James’ Piccadilly, enabling them to help retain jobs, maintain their sustainability in the midst of the pandemic, and preserve their heritage.

The Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, said:

“The Government’s generosity will save jobs and enable a number of our historic churches across the capital to continue to preserve their heritage for the benefit of all, as they continue to adapt to the huge challenges that the pandemic has created.”

The London churches receiving grants are:

  • St Martin-in-the-Fields
  • St James’s Piccadilly
  • Christ Church with All Saints Spitalfields
  • St Magnus the Martyr
  • St Mary-at-Hill Church
  • St Marylebone with Holy Trinity St Marylebone
  • St Paul and St Mark, Old Ford
  • St Pancras Church
  • St Vedast
  • St Paul’s Hammersmith
  • St Pancras Old Church
  • St Paul’s Bow Common
  • St Peter’s, Ealing
  • St Botolph-Without-Aldgate
  • St Clement Danes

St Magnus-the-Martyr, located near London Bridge, will be using its grant towards Covid-proofing measures, as well as its Living History project and the digitisation of its heritage.

Bishop Sarah continued:

“St Magnus is a shining example of London’s living history. Rebuilt as the capital recovered after the Great Fire, it was there for the local community in the wake of the Fishmongers’ Hall terror attack on London Bridge, just last year. So many of our churches across the capital were there for Londoners of the past, they are serving their communities during the pandemic, and these grants will help ensure they are there for future generations too.”

This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund – funded by Government and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.

 Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

 “As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past. This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post covid.”

For further information please contact the Diocese of London Media Team on 07947477460 or dioceseoflondon@nullluther.co.uk.

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