Lottery funding of more than £2m is set to be ploughed into improving visitor facilities at two Grade One-listed Sheffield landmarks – one of them the city’s cathedral.
Cathedral and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, a former 18th century steelworks, are both set to be transformed into star attractions thanks to grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Fiona Spiers, head of the HLF for Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “This investment is fantastic news for Sheffield, as we see two of the city’s much-loved heritage sites awarded funding to improve their visitor experience and bring them alive for the next generation.
“The stunning cathedral, dating back to 1430, and an 18th-century steelworks, will now offer exciting opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in heritage on their own doorstep.”
Sheffield Cathedral has received £1.3m towards its “Place for All People” project which will see a new entranceway created and the beginning of a new “learning activities programme for children and adults”.
Dean of Sheffield Peter Bradley said: “The grant will be used to build a thrilling new entrance, full of light, so that it is much easier to come into the building.
“Just as importantly, working with HLF and our other partners, we will now be able to develop many ways for visitors, especially young people, to access, understand and