Project news

January 2020

The post of Learning and Engagement Officer is advertised here >.

December 2019

The National Lottery Heritage Fund issued ‘permission to start’ our Sanctuary Project.  A consultant has been appointed by the NLHF to support us with the ‘interpretation’ element of the project and the post of Learning and Engagement Officer will be advertised in January 2020.

October 2019

Four members of the board attend a meeting with representatives of the National Lottery Heritage Fund in Leeds.

September 2019

See press release for details of our award from the NLHF.

May 2019

The Project Board meet to sign off the second round submission for the full funding of the project. The outcome will be published in September 2019.

February 2019

The following timeline is published:


April: the bid for Round 1 funding is successful. £65,256 is awarded by the HLF. The PCC accept overall responsibility for this project.

June: A Project Manager and a Heritage Consultant are appointed. The ERYC agree to contribute to the cost of the Project Manager. The Project Board hold regular meetings; names of Board members are here.

September – November: Consultation proceeds. Presentations are given to the congregation and other groups, a survey is conducted and individuals are interviewed. The Heritage Consultant submits her report.


January: Board representatives attend a mid-term review with the HLF committee in Leeds to receive feedback on progress and on areas needing further work.

February – April: Planning continues with a view to making the Round 2 bid in May.

May: Application for Round 2 funding amounting to £709,524.

September: Result of the application announced.

October: If the application is successful, work begins. If the planned schedule is maintained, the work being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Old Fund and the Friends will be completed during 2020.

January 2019

The Project Board meet to prepare for the mid-term review meeting with HLF.

Four members of the board make a presentation to HLF representatives in Leeds.

November 2018

Heritage Consultant Dr Louise Hampson completes her work and submits her report.

The Project Board meet and are joined by newly appointed Project Manager Peter Ashcroft.

October 2018

Project Board meets to review progress.

September 2018

Presentations were made at the Heritage Open Day event and our Heritage Consultant used the opportunity to consult with visitors about what they would like to see in the project.

Wider public consulted in an online survey.

August 2018

The Project Board met and welcomed Project Manager Donna Riley who takes up her post in September.

July 2018

Committee responsible for ‘telling the story’ aspect meet with Louise Hampson, Heritage Consultant.

June 2018

Project Manager and Heritage Consultant interviewed and appointed.

May 2018

Members of the Project Development Board meet.

Presentations of the project are shared with the Friends of Beverley Minster Council and the Parochial Church Council.

April 2018

Heritage Fund grant funding to begin the Development Phase of the project with a time limit for completion of 2 years. Press release published.