Green Light for Sharing Historic Barts as National Lottery funding is confirmed

Spectacular news of a £4.9m award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

The 900th anniversary year has kicked off in spectacular fashion with the news of a £4.9m award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund towards our Sharing Historic Barts Project. The Hogarth Stair has also been declared one of National Lottery Heritage Fund Heritage Treasures of 2023! With match-funding now in place this £9.5m project is set to start later in 2023.

We are hugely grateful to the Heritage Fund and to all our other donors and supporters who have helped us reach our £9.5m target, including Voluntary Board of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, CIL Neighbourhood Fund, Thompson Family Charitable Trust, Wolfson Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Childwick Trust and Linbury Trust.

As well as the urgent repairs to the celebrated Hogarth Stair and Great Hall, our project will introduce a pioneering public programme uniting heritage and health. The programme will include cultural and educational activities as well as therapeutic art making courses responding to the art and architecture of the site, sensory heritage walking tours and mindfulness activities.

When work begins on site this year and there will be opportunities to see the specialist conservation as it takes place, work that will include the cleaning of the vast Hogarth paintings on the Hogarth Stair and restoration of the spectacular Great Hall.

Video – BBC London News 11.01.23

Images – Matthew Andrews

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

* National Lottery Heritage Fund grant applications over £250,000 are assessed in two rounds. Barts Heritage was initially granted round one development funding of £445,731 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals were then considered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund at second round, where the final decision was made to award the full funding award of £4,926,000.

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

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The Great Hall © David Butler
The Great Hall © David Butler
Staff wonder at the donor boards in the Great Hall © Matthew Andrews
During Covid, Staff take time out to explore some of the 3,000 names on the donor boards in the Great Hall © Matthew Andrews
A workshop in the Great Hall
The Great Hall makes a unique on-site venue for students and staff to explore heritage and health © Matthew Andrews


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