Funding for Abbey of St Edmund project
A project to better protect and present the site of the Abbey of St Edmund has gained £9,900 in funding.
The Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership will use the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help act on the results of two consultancy studies.
The Heritage Assessment and Conservation Plan are due to be published this autumn and it is expected they will identify projects to improve and protect the Abbey.
The funds will help establish an independent not-for-profit organisation, procure management consultancy as well as training and IT equipment to deliver the projects.
One of the more immediate projects the Partnership is involved with are the 2020 celebrations to mark 1,000 years since the Abbey was founded by King Canute.
The Partnership is led by St Edmundsbury Cathedral with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and other organisations.
Cllr Joanna Rayner, cabinet member for culture, said the ‘exciting work’ is about recognising ‘what lies behind the story of the ruins and the beautiful landscape that attracts more than a million visits each year’.