Revd Andrew Dowsett - Minster Priest with Canon Sheila Bamber - Provost of Sunderland Minster

 Revd Andrew Dowsett - Minster Priest with Canon Sheila Bamber - Provost of Sunderland Minster

Revd Andrew Dowsett – Minster Priest with Canon Sheila Bamber – Provost of Sunderland Minster
Sunderland’s historic Minster has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to repair the south side roof and masonry and improve the facilities for visitors, it was announced today. The Minster has been awarded a first-round pass of up to £171,200, which represents 64% of total project costs of £269,554 which will help with plans to replace the south aisle lead roof, repair stonework, improve visitor facilities, revise interpretation materials, engage new audiences and train volunteers. The Minster Church of St Michael and All Angels and St Benedict Biscop (commonly known as Sunderland Minster) was known as St Michael’s Church, serving the parish of Bishopwearmouth but was renamed in 1998 in recognition of Sunderland’s city status. A Church dedicated to St Michael has stood on the site for more than a thousand years; the parish of Bishopwearmouth, south of the River Wear, was founded in about 940AD, with an original stone church being built shortly afterwards. Sheila Bamber, Canon Provost at Sunderland Minster, said: “This is an important building and an historic site and the Heritage Lottery Fund support will help us to ensure that it is preserved. “It will also support our work to reach out to more people, to encourage them to visit this iconic building.”

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