two historic cathedrals will celebrating a £110,000 funding boost today, February 15.
The cathedrals are among 24 across England to share in up to £6m from a new joint scheme from English Heritage
and the Wolfson Foundation.
This year's grants, totalling £252,000 in the East of England, will be used for a range of projects from masonry repairs at St Albans and Ely, to sculpture conservation work at Peterborough and roof repairs in Norwich.
Cuts in government funding meant English Heritage was forced to reduce the scheme to just £1m nationally in 2004. This new partnership reinstates pre-2004 levels of funding and doubles individual grant thresholds so helping cathedrals to undertake larger repair projects. Norwich Cathedral
gets £25,000 for repairs to the south aisle roof while St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral
benefits from £85,000 for phase one of work to restore the roof of the tower and nave. Paul Ramsbottom,
executive secretary of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be funding cathedrals in partnership with English Heritage. These are buildings that lift the spirits: monuments that speak to each succeeding generation. They remain central to our country's history. It has been a particular pleasure again to work with English Heritage, and we have benefited greatly from their expertise.”