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Bolton Priory in a New Light

Bolton Priory in a new light thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund Award

Thanks to National Lottery players a grant has been awarded to ensure that future visitors to the Priory Church at Bolton Abbey will see this much-loved local landmark in a new light. A grant of £86,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the Priory to complete their ambitious Lighting and Visitor Welcome Scheme during spring this year.

‘The Priory Church at Bolton Abbey is one of the most significant church buildings in the north of England’, commented the Rector of Bolton Abbey, Canon Simon Cowling. ‘Thanks to National Lottery players, and the generosity of a number of private donors, visitors to the church will be able to appreciate much more deeply the rich architectural and cultural heritage of the building’.

The new lighting has been designed by Bruce Kirk of Light Perceptions, who has previously designed schemes for other important church buildings including the cathedrals at Ripon and Sheffield. As well as lighting, the Scheme will involve graphic design students at Craven College, Skipton, working with Priory to produce new visitor signage; and an exhibition of photographs by students at Skipton Academy which will be on display while the lighting is being installed.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Fiona Spiers, Head of HLF Yorkshire and the Humber, said: ‘This project will dramatically improve the visitor experience to the Priory Church by revealing the historic features of the church, currently hidden in the shadows. The improved interpretation will enable schools, visitors, and the community to enjoy and learn about the history of this significant building’.