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Conservation work to repair Anglesey Abbey is completed

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Critical conservation work at Anglesey Abbey has been completed thanks to money received from the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund awarded by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire Picture: National Trust Images and Justin Minns
Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire Picture: National Trust Images and Justin Minns

The fund was set up by the government to support cultural organisations and heritage sites during the coronavirus pandemic.

A grant totalling £3.3million was awarded to the National Trust in 2021, which helped to fund the works at Anglesey Abbey and at 14 other National Trust properties.

Originally a 13th-century Augustinian priory and later a Jacobean house, Anglesey Abbey was then extensively remodelled and extended in the 20th century.

The repairs include stabilisation of the ‘clunch’ (soft limestone) using a process known as shelter coating.

Hilary McGrady, director-general, National Trust said: “We are enormously grateful for the support provided to us through the Culture Recovery Fund. During the first year of the pandemic, we faced major financial challenges and had to put on hold all of our conservation projects, however urgent.

“The recovery fund was created at a crucial time for the heritage sector. The support it provided meant we could undertake work that would otherwise not have been possible, in turn generating much-needed investment in heritage skills, jobs and suppliers.

“Some of our most important historic places have benefited from this funding, safeguarding our shared heritage for everyone to enjoy, now and for ever.”

Duncan Wilson, chief executive, Historic England, who distributed the funding, said: “We have supported a wide range of heritage organisations, including many important National Trust sites, through managing and distributing the CRF’s £87million Heritage Stimulus Fund on behalf of government. It is wonderful to hear how the funding continues to help bring heritage sites back to life by supporting major building programmes, safeguarding jobs, generating employment, and ensuring that they continue to thrive for future generations.”

Heritage minister Nigel Huddleston added: “Our heritage sites are a window into our shared past and thanks to the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund the National Trust has been able to repair these 15 properties securing their future for the next generation. The fund has protected hundreds of heritage sites throughout the pandemic so that they can now open their doors for people to enjoy.”

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