The Peterborough 900 Development Campaign was launched in 2017 as an ambitious plan to raise £10 million for the Cathedral and the communities it serves. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of individuals, businesses and grant-giving bodies around £8 million has been raised to date (January 2017). The Campaign is currently launching a public appeal for the remaining £2 million.
What the Campaign has achieved
With the funds raised so far we have been able to make great improvements to the quality of our facilities and the breadth of our music and education programmes:
The Cathedral Visitor and Learning Centre opened in September 2016, after the careful conservation and refurbishment of two listed buildings. The Learning Centre has a dedicated classroom and craft room for work with schools and family groups. Within the Centre is the 13th century Knights’ Chamber which is also a conference and entertainment space for public hire. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other donors
Significant improvements to exhibition materials, making interpretation of the Cathedral’s history and mission more immediate and accessible, are completed (in the Visitor Centre) or nearly complete. It is expected that new interpretation panels will be installed in the Cathedral itself in 2017.
Re-pitching the Cathedral organ. The magnificent Cathedral organ, originally built in the 1860s at has been re-pitched from ‘old philharmonic’ to ‘standard concert pitch’. This means that it can now be used with other instruments and choristers trained at the same pitch as they music they year elsewhere.
Choral and organ scholarships.have been established thanks to the help of charitable trusts.
Improving the Cathedral’s buildings, furnishings and Precincts.
The installation of a new sound system
Landscaping improvements to the Cathedral entrance, with step-free access.
The construction of a new glass porch at the West Front entrance, opening up two portico spaces and helping to retain heat in the main building.
The restoration of the beautiful Tessarae floor in the Nave Sanctuary and maintenance of external stonework, thanks to the WW1 Centenary fund grants.
A £1million endowment to preserve the Precinct walls. This was secured by a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst programme (£500,000) and match funded by Cathedral gifts.
The original plans for Peterborough 900 included a scheme for a Cathedral and Community Music School. After consultations the scheme is being re-worked with a different location in mind. It will be pursued separately once the Peterborough 900 Campaign is completed.
Furter information and contact details
Director of Fundraising