We will soon begin work on our £12.7m project to restore our much-loved Cathedral and build a brand new extension alongside. This will have a ground-floor interpretation space where visitors will be able to find out about the historical significance of the Cathedral and its role as a gathering place for our diverse communities. The space will include a mixture of rotating and permanent displays, digital touch screens and audio visual stories A hands-on interactive table will be a central feature. It will be split into three sections containing building blocks to recreate parts of the Cathedral, a stained glass window puzzle, and a cathedral floor plan with iconic cathedral feature puzzle pieces. A tactile map will enable the visually impaired to understand the layout of the Cathedral. Digital touchscreens and audio-visual stories will take visitors on different journeys such as the construction of Richard III’s tomb.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Leicester Cathedral Revealed will put the building back into good order. It will provide a unified stone floor that will remove all level changes and include energy-efficient underfloor heating throughout; replace failing infrastructure such as boilers, electrical system; install new lighting and AV; restore and reveal the Victorian and Arts & Crafts architectural features; repair much that has deteriorated (particularly stonework and decor); and secure the fabric for the long term.
Steps to get it done:
Our goal is to raise £40,000 in four weeks and half has already been raised with a pledge from Gordon and Janet Arthur. They have pledged to match £ for £ what we raise up to a maximum of £20,000. Our thanks go to them for their generosity.
About the space
Leicester City Council
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