Mather & Co celebrates ecclesiastical hat trick

Mather & Co has begun 2017 with an ecclesiastical hat trick with the kick off of three cathedral projects: Lincoln, St Albans and the Cathedral Church of St Marie, Sheffield.

Mather & Co has this month helped Lincoln Cathedral to secure its £11.4 million second round Heritage Lottery funding that means the £16 million project is now officially underway.

The project will provide new state of the art facilities for the many thousands of tourists who visit every year, including an interpretation centre, education suite, café, shop, ‘Changing Places’ room and community spaces, with full accessibility throughout. Restoration and conservation of the Romanesque Frieze, Gallery of Kings and Exchequergate Arch will also be funded, as well as a new floodlighting scheme that will maintain Lincoln Cathedral’s glorious aspect above the city.

With a dedicated exhibition space as part of the new Lincoln Cathedral connected project, visitors can follow the full history of the building from its early Saxon history to the cathedral today and its future plans. Key exhibits bring to life the colors, sights and sound of the cathedral during service to help create a wider understanding of the building as a living church and place of worship.

The Dean of Lincoln, the Very Revd Christine Wilson, said: “Lincoln Cathedral rightly takes its place among the very best buildings in the world, and we are absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund have been able to support us in making our facilities fit for the world-class status of the cathedral.

“The funding represents a huge amount of incredibly hard work by staff and volunteers, and their legacy will be a cathedral that will continue to thrive as a place of excellent worship, and of awe and wonder for visitors from around the world.”

St Albans Cathedral has also gained its second round Heritage Lottery funding of £3.9 million as part of the development project ‘Alban, Britain’s First Saint: Telling the Whole Story’. Thanks to the generosity of the HLF and over 1,000 donors work is now underway to deliver the new welcome centre and exhibition area within the cathedral. The historically significant medieval paintings will be digitally enhanced through mapped projection revealing, for the first time to visitors, their true original colour. The impact of the exhibition spreads wider than the four transepts of the cathedral with interpretation across the external site exploring the importance of Alban and the building as a place of worship.

Finally, The Cathedral Church of St Maries will work with Mather & Co on new exhibition display units across the cathedral floor to interpret the building and elements in it to engage visitors whilst being sensitive to the cathedral being a working church.

“We have a strong pedigree in ecclesiastical work having helped transform York Cathedral’s undercroft, so it’s great to be working with three other British cathedrals.

“They all share an enormous history – some going back over 1000 years, and the challenges of attracting new audiences to ensure their futures whilst working within the boundaries of listed buildings. We know those challenges well and look forward to them,” said Chris Mather.

Read more about our exciting ecclesiastical projects here https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/20-26-february-2017/mather-co-exhibition-cathedrals/