Mancroft Appeal 300 has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project. The project aims to create a Ringing Heritage and Teaching Centre in the church of 12, tenor 37 cwt in C
Monday 19h45 Norwich St Peter Mancroft in the heart of Norwich.
Development funding of £31,700 has also been awarded to help Mancroft Appeal 300 progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date. The project aims are to reinstate the historic ringing gallery removed in the 1880s and and to create the Ringing Heritage and Teaching Centre which will:-
- Provide a visitor centre where the rich heritage of ringing and St Peter Mancroft’s unique role in that history can be displayed and explained in the place where it happened.
- Provide modern facilities for teaching ringers
- Conduct outreach activities to promote the art of ringing
St Peter Mancroft is an iconic location in the history of the art of change-ringing. The first full peal ever rung on church bells was rung there on 02 May 1715 and Mancroft Appeal 300 was born as part of the plans for 2015 to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of that peal.
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said:
We are delighted that, thanks to National Lottery players, we are able to support this fascinating project to share, teach and preserve the skill of change ringing. This new space will encourage a new and varied audience to learn about this often under-appreciated art, and help protect this significant part of the country’s cultural heritage.
Simon Rudd, Chairman of the Mancroft Appeal 300 Committee said:
We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. Our vision for the ‘Ringing Heritage and Teaching Centre’ and to increase awareness of what makes our art so captivating is now a step closer. The St Peter Mancroft Guild of Ringers and our many friends have worked hard to bring this project to life and the recent announcement by the Heritage Lottery Fund provides a timely boost and enthuses us for the work we still have to do to bring our scheme to life.