Hidden Treasures Fresh Expressions Project
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Hidden Treasures, Fresh Expressions (HTFE) is a project that focuses on the Crypt, Library and the 'hidden collections' in the Cathedral's ownership. At the very heart of the project is the creation of a secure exhibition space within the medieval crypt for the display of the collections; a wealth of texts, books, documents, charters, stonework, embroidery, plate, paintings and historical artifacts. The library will also be repaired and renovated to house our remarkable collection more appropriately and enable us to make this part of the collection more accessible.
In February 2013 it was announced that we have been awarded £3.55million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It was the very welcome final piece of the funding jigsaw and would not have been possible without the generosity of other funders including Colyer-Fergusson, Friends of Rochester Cathedral, Rochester Bridge Trust, Garfield Weston, Wolfson, Headley Trust, Esmee Fairbairn who between them have committed over £1million to the project.
However since this award, the delay in sending the tenders out for the main building works resulted in all tender submissions coming in over budget. This gave the Project a bit of a set back but following further submissions to the Heritage Lottery Fund and to the World War 1 Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund, additional funds have been secured to ensure that this project can now be delivered in full.
It will therefore be very challenging as we embark on a programme of construction works to undertake the necessary repairs and modifications to deliver our project. The works commenced in Summer 2014 expected to take just over one year. Whilst some areas will be closed during the works we will continue to be open to visitors and services will continue as normal albeit mostly in the Nave.
Further Information will be posted on the website and we hope you will follow our progress as we look forward to the future.
We must not let this place fall silent.
Music is our single largest expense but we cannot sustain or develop it further if we don't take action now. It costs £220,000 each year to ensure the continuity of Rochester's choral tradition, so we have established a Music Endowment to ensure that music will continue to ring out from within these walls far into the future.
MBE for Chairman Mike Aiken
HRH the Countess of Wessex
"Sophie, Countess of Wessex will do her bit to keep Rochester Cathedral standing. The Queen's daughter-in-law has become a Patron of The Rochester Cathedral Trust after a private tour last week.
The Charity was founded in 1985 and looks after the structure of the 900-year-old cathedral building, which is due its first major review in five years this summer. She will also be involved in a campaign to raise £10 million to help music in the cathedral, which includes encouraging gifted young people to join The Cathedral Choir who would not otherwise be able to. This in recognition that the Cathedral is in a socially diverse area and that a Choir School education gives a young person the best possible start in life.
The Dean of Rochester, The Very Revd Dr Mark Beach, said: "It's widening the net certainly." He added “The Countess will be a kind of figurehead for the fundraising for the cathedral, and in particular at the moment that’s about raising money for the music endowment.
“It’s about raising the profile of the cathedral. With a royal patron you can invite people to events with the additional draw that they might meet a member of the royal family.”
The 48-year-old royal, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, was brought up and educated near Tunbridge Wells.
Dr Beach said: “She was fascinated by what’s going on in the building and was particularly interested because we’re a relatively small cathedral with relatively poor resources in an economically varied area.
“She felt her contribution might be more important perhaps than working with a larger cathedral in a more affluent area"."
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