About the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project
Lincoln Cathedral Connected is a high profile, multi-million-pound transformational project which will bring economic and social benefits to the Cathedral, as well as the city of Lincoln.
The Connected project is a scheme to radically improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience – offering more engaging and dynamic spaces for a wider number of visitors to enjoy.
The project has been designated £12.4million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake ambitious restorations and renovations to the Cathedral.
Changes to the Cathedral
The project will provide new state of the art facilities for the people of Lincoln and Lincolnshire to enjoy, as well as the many thousands of tourists who visit every year.
New facilities that will be introduced as part of the project include a new visitor centre, a larger café and shop, new toilets and a changing places facility, and an interpretation centre to display some of the Cathedral’s treasures. We have unearthed some exciting hidden history already, which we are looking forward to showcasing for the first time when the Connected project is complete in 2020.
Important restoration and conservation work has already started as part of the Connected project on the Romanesque Frieze, Gallery of Kings and Exchequergate Arch. Other works involve the extensive landscaping of the west and north of the Cathedral, which will introduce new outdoor spaces. This will open up the Dean’s Green to the public for the first time in decades.
Why these works are taking place
Lincoln Cathedral is deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of people from around the world as a holy place of worship and an architectural gem, it is one of the finest surviving medieval Cathedrals in northern Europe and it functions as a centre of excellence for its music, library and traditional craft skills and is a place of unrivalled architecture.
Connected is a hugely significant milestone in the Cathedral’s history and aims to engage people in the Cathedral’s past, archaeology and architecture through activities and events to educate, inspire and inform. The vital works taking place as part of the project aim to conserve this precious building and its memories.
As part of the project, we are also introducing an exciting education and interpretation programme, which we believe, along with the new spaces, will result in an extra 125,000 visitors a year – helping to boost not only the Cathedral but the local economy.
The project will also create a number of new jobs and volunteering opportunities for the city.
What we’ve been up to
We are always looking for passionate volunteers to get involved with the Connected project, so if you are interested in heritage, conservation, education, documentary research, archaeology and/or collections, or have general enquiries about the project, please get in touch with Fern Dawson on 01522 537 668 or Fern.Dawson@LincolnCathedralConnected.com.