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Divine Beauty has National Lottery Heritage Fund Support

Birmingham Cathedral has secured National Lottery Heritage initial support for world-famous stained-glass windows.

Funds have been agreed for first project stage to conserve and interpret windows designed by Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.

Birmingham Cathedral has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for Divine Beauty, it was announced today. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to conserve and interpret the world-famous stained-glass windows designed by Birmingham born Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.

Development funding of £81,900 has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help Birmingham Cathedral progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date.

The project aims to carry out essential conservation work to the stained-glass to remove the build-up of decades of dirt and debris and to replace the external protective grilles with a more sympathetic and bespoke alternative. The way the cathedral shares information about the windows will be improved with enhanced interpretation both inside and outside the cathedral, events and an education programme. The project will link with other sites in the city with a walking trail and tours. There will be a new short film and there will be opportunities for people to get involved, learn the history of the windows and the techniques by which they were made.

Birmingham Cathedral was built as the parish church of St Philip’s over 300 years ago and the four remarkable windows were added between 1885-1897. The windows are some of the finest examples of Birmingham artistry and hold an important place in the life of the city. During WWII the windows were removed courtesy of Birmingham Civic Society and placed in a slate mine in Wales for safekeeping. The duty of this generation is to ensure they are preserved and recognised for the future.

The Dean of Birmingham, the Very Reverend Matt Thompson said: "We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The stained-glass windows are a remarkable inspiration to visitors and worshippers from all over the world and we are pleased to be one step closer to their preservation.”

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