Lincoln’s Greyfriars, a Franciscan friary built in the 13th century, will reopen to visitors in 2025. This news comes after an announcement that the site is receiving over £3 million in funding to restore and re-develop the building.
The City of Lincoln Council and Heritage Lincolnshire have secured funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, which contributed £1,951,900 to the project.
The Grade 1 listed scheduled monument dates from around 1230. Greyfriars is thought to be the oldest surviving Franciscan friary building in the country and has also served the community of Lincoln in the past as a Free School, a Jersey knitting and spinning school, a house of correction, a mechanics institute and the county museum. The new project will create an accessible multi-functional space for weddings, conferences, education and a café space for the community.
It is hoped that this mix of new uses will ensure that Greyfriars, which will be run by Heritage Lincolnshire when the works have been completed, is eligible for removal from the National ‘At Risk’ Register.
Funders for this entire project, which totals £3.032 million, include: The National Heritage Lottery Fund, the Be Lincoln Towns Deal Fund, City of Lincoln Council, Heritage Lincolnshire, Pilgrim Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and Changing Places.
“I am very pleased that we have finally secured the funds from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to bring the Greyfriars building back into use,” says Neil Murray, a Councillor for the City of Lincoln. “Many people will remember visiting the building when it housed the city and county museum. I am sure it will become a popular venue from 2025.”
Meanwhile, Robyn Llewellyn, the Director for Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, adds, “A huge congratulations to the City of Lincoln Council and Heritage Lincolnshire who have been successfully awarded a grant of £2 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, the future of this important, Grade I listed building has been secured, and I hope this project will help celebrate Lincoln’s rich history in a way that everyone can enjoy and be proud of.”
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