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Peterborough 900

Progress and Next Steps

We are steadily working towards the Peterborough 900 Campaign's goals. A major thank you to all the individuals, businesses and funding bodies who are supporting these achievements.

The Peterborough 900 Campaign was launched in 2011 with the Cathedral setting itself some challenging tasks to achieve by the 900th anniversary of the present building in 2018.

What have we achieved so far?

  • A brand new Cathedral sound system has been installed and is of great benefit to everyday Cathedral life, used during services, concerts, school events and other activities.

  • Sufficient funds have now been raised to re-pitch the Cathedral's nineteenth century Hill organ to 'standard' concert pitch from 'old philharmonic'. This intricate and careful work will begin in July 2015 with the organ in service again by early 2017. Quite apart from its use in much of the Cathedral's worship, choristers wlll receive an improved musical education in singing to standard pitch only. Further, it will be possible to play the re-pitched organ, for the first time, alongside big bands and orchestras, enabling the Cathedral to provide a more versatile concert venue in the city.

  • A significant amount has now been raised for heritage and visitor projects, connected with 'Letting It Speak for Itself' a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Phase One of this project includes re-landscaping and improving the step-free access to the Cathedral and a new glass porch for the West Front entrance. This was completed in April 2015 and officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

What is next?

  • Phase Two of the 'Letting It Speak for Itself' project will be completed by December 2015 and will see the new Heritage and Education Centre opening in existing listed buildings adjacent to the Cathedral’s West Front.

  • Phase Three concerns the renewal of the exhibitions and interpretation within the Cathedral. Brand new interpretation panels will be installed in early 2016 to create a better experience for all visitors to the Cathedral.

  • The next major priority for the Peterborough 900 Campaign is the new Cathedral and Community Music School. £1.5 million is needed before work can commence in January 2017 to ensure that the new facility is opened in January 2018.

  • The Cathedral will also continue to work on its project to Preserve the Precinct Walls. For every pound we raise before June 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund will match this with a pound - up to a maximum of £500,000 - creating an endowment of £1 million. In assisting with the maintenance costs of the Precincts, this endowment will help to secure the long term sustainability for all Peterborough 900 projects, safeguarding them for future generations to enjoy.

To find out more about the Peterborough 900 Campaign's work to date and next steps, please contact our Campaign Team.

'Letting It Speak for Itself' booklet

 

Heritage Lottery FundPeterborough 900 Campaign