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Multi-million pound plan for Abbey

PUBLISHED: 12:18 12 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:18 12 September 2014

St Albans Abbey

St Albans Abbey

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A £7.1m project to restore St Albans Cathedral and put the story of the origins and evolution of Christian Britain at its heart has been launched

The project, Alban, Britain’s First Saint: Telling the Whole Story, aims to reveal the special place in British history of the man executed by Romans on the site of the cathedral, the place of pilgrimage that developed, and its rich heritage covering more than 1,700 years. The Dean Dr Jeffrey John and his team hope to boost visitor numbers by 40 per cent and ensuring the Abbey’s place as a leading UK visitor attraction.

The Abbey has received £390,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable plans to be developed in detail over the next two years before a £4m grant is applied for in 2016. In order to secure the grant, match-funding of £3m must be raised over the next two years.

Work will include restoring a medieval shrine, designing and implementing a new way of telling the Alban story within the cathedral, enhancing the extensive medieval wall paintings and developing a programme of activities for visitors and pilgrims.

The cathedral has also received £438,000 from a repair fund set up by the government to enable it to restore the west front and main entrance along with medieval stonework on the west porches.

To find out the many ways to help raise funds needed for the project, contact the Development Office on 01727 890229 or alban@stalbanscathedral.org

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