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Heritage Lottery grant for Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral
A Heritage Lottery grant of 250,000 has been awarded to Lincolnshire County Council and Lincoln Cathedral to fund traditional skills training

Traditional skills will be taught at Lincoln Cathedral thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Lincolnshire County Council and Lincoln Cathedral have successfully secured a grant of £250,000.

A heritage skills centre will also be built in the grounds of Lincoln Castle which will offer taster sessions in a number of traditional trades.

The training opportunities will help people secure specialised jobs within the building heritage sector.

The grounds of Lincoln Castle
The proposed site for the Lincoln Castle heritage skills centre

Specialised trades people are in short supply at the moment. The new training schemes will help to plug the skills gap, not only in supplying a workforce to maintain historic buildings such as Lincoln Cathedral, but to also maintain a large number of pre-1919 homes and buildings which require specialised skills and knowledge.

Lincoln Cathedral works manager Carol Heidschuster said: "The main aims for the skills for the future scheme is to provide vocational training," the award is for ten placements over the next five years and the training will focus on stone masonry, lead work and joinery skills.

There are also plans for a new skills centre to be housed in the former prison exercise yard at Lincoln Castle, this facility will provide weekend workshops in traditional skills as well as accredited courses run in partnership with other local organisations.

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