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Heritage projects get big lottery boost

Last Updated: Wednesday 29th September 2010, 18:47 pm

Lottery PoundsHeritage projects around the UK are to get a big boost from the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery fund in lottery grants worth £15 million. The biggest lottery grant goes to York Minster cathedral at £9.7 million for restoration works and work to improve disabled access into the cathedral but other projects are also to benefit in one of the biggest payouts ever made by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We know how you love to hear how lottery money for good causes is spent and this is one of the biggest projects undertaken. Several heritage sites around the UK are to receive money including York Minster cathedral, a collection of aerial photographs, a gallery and a restored mill.

Aerofilms has received a £1.7 million lottery grant to digitise a selection of aerial photographs from between 1919 and 2006, among them are some historic images and this will allow them to be added to a website and shared by everyone.

The William Morris Gallery in Waltham Forest London has also done very well in the cash stakes receiving £1.5 million to improve exhibition space and education facilities in the gallery making it even more accessible to the wider public.

Cromford Mills in Derbyshire is to receive £2 million in National Lottery money to pay for extensive repairs to World’s first successful water powered cotton mill. The grant will also pay for staff to lead activities for schools and visitors

But the biggest grant goes to York Minster cathedral and £9.7 million is going to make the world of difference there, making one of the UK’s most famous landmarks more accessible for years to come.

So when you’re buying your lottery tickets for the midweek rollover, just remember, for every £1 you spend, money goes to the good causes fund, funding projects such as these.

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