Grants 2021

Grant Awards in 2021

 

 

Heritage Stimulus Fund

We're delighted to have made a successful application for further funding from the Major Works strand of the Heritage Stimulus Fund, administered by Historic England. The Heritage Stimulus Fund is part of the government's £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, and provides grants for repair and conservation of heritage properties open to the public.

Puddles in the top floor south corridor.

The new grant of about £180k (excl. VAT) is towards the £220k cost of conservation work on the north facing side of the south range roof of the Mansion. The area to the east end of the roof is in poor condition as evidenced by the puddles on the floor in the photo above! Continued leakage of water will damage the stonework.

 

The leaky roof, photographed from across the courtyard.

The grant will be managed for Historic England by the Historic Houses Foundation, as for the works on the north range roof over the winter 2020-21. The Woodchester Mansion Trust are contributing £43k of matched funding, and meeting some additional staff costs in connection with the project.

The award of this grant means that the Trust's next major project is planned to be conservation of the beautiful Neo-gothic chapel. We anticipate that this will involve an overall cost in the region of £2.5-£3m. Our next objective will be raising the matched funding for this work.

 

Enovert Community Trust - New Toilets

We are fortunate to have been awarded a grant from the Enovert Community Trust towards the cost of new toilets. 

The grant will pay for a prefabricated toilet unit, consisting of three unisex cubicles with integral washbasins, and a further cubicle with facilities for disabled visitors.

The unit arrives.

The unit sits on concrete pads which have been prepared by our team of Monday maintenance volunteers. It arrived in February and was winched into place.

Connection of the plumbing and electrics has been paid for by the Woodchester Mansion Trust. We had a small sum of money in our Cultural Recovery Grant in 2020 for landscaping of the unit, so it fits into the Park better. This work has also been carried out by our maintenance volunteers. It involved some rebuilding of the adjacent shelter which hides our unsightly rubbish bins!

We are grateful to Enovert for their help with this unglamorous but absolutely essential cost.

The finished new toilets.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Movement for Good Award

We are delighted to have received a £1000 grant in the first phase of the 2021 Movement for Good awards. Thank you to the Movement for Good and everyone who nominated us. The grant will go towards conservation of the Mansion. We are now looking at participating in the second phase.

2022 Open Day Season

Starts on Friday 1st April. We will be open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays until Sunday 30th October from 11am-5pm.

For details - and how to reach the Mansion - please see Visiting Us page.