Lincoln Cathedral and Bomber Command Centre saved by government recovery fund

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Lincoln Cathedral and the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) are set to receive life-saving government funding as part of the Culture Recovery Fund.

Both attractions recently launched recovery appeals in order to secure their survival after experiencing huge income losses earlier this year due to the pandemic.

The government’s Culture Recovery Fund will help the attractions to replace their lost income and keep them operating throughout the winter.

The Cathedral is set to receive a grant of £970,600 and the IBCC will receive £426,700.

Lincoln Cathedral experienced an income loss of £768, 972 from April 1 to July 31, and the IBCC experienced a 90% cut in their income and 87% of their bookings being cancelled until the end of the year.

The two are among 445 organisations across the country which will share £103 million from the fund to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.

Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln, said: “In March Lincoln Cathedral closed its doors to its worshipping community, pilgrims, staff, volunteers and visitors alike; the first time in its recent history that the building stood silent and empty.

“The impact on the Cathedral has been profound and the loss of revenue from all sources means that our heritage, traditions and people are under threat today more than ever before.

“As we continue to make difficult decisions on a daily basis, this grant will help to stabilise the Cathedral’s finances as we continue to recover and build a sustainable future.

“The building is once again open to visitors and it is a pleasure to see the Cathedral being used for its original purpose now that worship has resumed.”

“The funding will ensure that we can preserve this internationally important building for future generations and continue the vital restoration work.

“The grant from the Culture Recovery Fund is a lifeline for the Cathedral and is helping to ensure we can continue to keep its doors open as a place of worship, welcome, hospitality and heritage.”

Nicky van der Drift, IBCC Chief Executive, said: “This funding forms an essential part of protecting the heritage of Bomber Command for the future, supporting the Centre following the devastating impact of COVID on the finances.

“It also enables us to move forward, developing elements across heritage, education, outreach and accessibility to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the project.”

“We are enormously grateful to the government for their support in protecting the memories of those who served their country to protect our freedoms.”