The Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust (HCPT), have been awarded £5m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to preserve the historic castle.
The Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust (HCPT), with partners Worcestershire County Council (WCC) and Museums Worcestershire (MW), have been awarded £5m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to preserve the historic Castle and its valuable assets.
The Trust can now buy Hartlebury Castle with its surrounding 43 acres of parkland and embark on programmes for conservation and activities.
The Trust and Museums Worcestershire will make the Castle, Hurd Library, Collections of the Museum and Castle, as well as Gardens into an integrated visitor destination that will benefit the local area and serve as a major attraction for visitors from around the UK and beyond. This will continue a thousand years of public access to the former home of the Bishops of Worcester.
Detailed business, conservation and activities plans were developed with the help of a round one HLF award of £413,700 in support of the ongoing efforts to secure the future of this important heritage site.
Reyahn King, Head of HLF West Midlands said: “I’m very pleased that Heritage Lottery Fund is able to support this project with £5million of lottery player’s money. The purchase will ensure that Hartlebury Castle with its distinctive architecture and the Hurd library is saved for future generations. We applaud the Trust’s vision to welcome more visitors and bring the stories and site to life.”
Robert Greenwood, Chair and HLF project sponsor at HCPT commented, "We are delighted with this £5m award from HLF that together with the generosity of so many organizations, authorities and individuals who have pledged c£2.25m in matched funding, revenue support, individual gifts and time will now enable us to go ahead with our project."
"For centuries, Hartlebury Castle was Worcestershire’s powerful centre of influence, and it’s great to know that we are now able to achieve the dream of the founder Trustees, members and volunteers"
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Chairman of the Joint Museums Committee and County Council Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "It has been a pleasure to work with the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust and Museums Worcestershire to secure the long-term future of this fabulous building steeped in the county's history. We look forward to working as a partnership to deliver a first class visitor attraction which will be a wonderful asset to World Class Worcestershire."
The Trust plans to complete the purchase from the Church Commissioners by early December this year.