In 2012 the Heritage Lottery Fund gave £12 m towards the £22m required to restore Lincoln Castle. Called Lincoln Castle Revealed, the project has undertaken vital conservation work, improving access and opening up the stories of the Victorian prison. William the Conqueror’s castle re-opened it’s gates on 1st April 2015 – the year which celebrated the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, of which Lincoln Cathedral owns one of only four surviving original copies from 1215.
The Trust is delighted that a significant donation of £1.4m has been generously given by the David Ross Foundation, and a new building has been named the David P. J. Ross Magna Carta Vault in honour of the foundation’s contribution. The David Ross Foundation helps children and young people discover their strengths through a wide-range of world-class opportunities focusing on education, sports, arts and the community.
The Historic Lincoln Trust worked with partners on two key events during 2015 – firstly, to devise and co-ordinate Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition which displayed a nationally important collection of pictures, documents and artefacts with a Lincolnshire connection; and secondly, the Eastern Three Choirs Festival (18-21 June), involving Cathedral choirs of Lincoln, Peterborough and Southwell. Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition ran from 27 June until 27 September, based in the Usher Gallery and the Collection, the Medieval and Wren Libraries in the Cathedral, and in the Castle. The Trust worked with the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and many other important public and private collections to agree loans for this magnificent exhibition.