Current appeal

In September 2012, Winchester Cathedral launched a £20.5m capital fundraising appeal for conservation of the historic fabric and to transform its outreach and presence in the community. Urgent conservation work involves restoration of the presbytery roof, the fine 16th century vault beneath and some unique medieval glass all at high level. The Learning Centre Project, including a new pavilion-style building, will greatly enhance the quality of our outreach to 25,000 children annually from Hampshire Schools and beyond, as well as enable all-age learning. New exhibitions at three levels in the Cathedral’s stunning South Transept will bring to visitors an exciting encounter with the Cathedral’s greatest treasures, including the world-famous Winchester Bible, which are currently often overlooked. Discover how these exciting projects are going to change perceptions and experiences of the Cathedral.

Conservation of historic fabric

This great building shows signs of age. The lead covering of the roof has torn and slipped and is letting in water, damaging the wooden vaulting beneath. Stonework and lead tracing around the windows has deteriorated, threatening the precious medieval glass within. Inadequate facilities for our Choir and ageing sound and lighting systems need urgent improvement, transforming the experience for many.

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Education: helping people learn

The Cathedral welcomes 25,000 children each year. But the Education Centre, with rising damp and limited teaching facilities, is not able to cope with the demand. By refurbishing our existing Education Centre and building a new 120 person capacity teaching space in the unused area behind it we can provide greater learning opportunities for people of all ages.

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Access and interpretation: telling our stories

The Cathedral’s rich history can be missed by visitors. An ambitious plan to transform the south transept into a three-level exhibition space will greatly enhance the experience of people visiting the Cathedral. The project will relocate the Winchester Bible to the ground floor and see two new exhibitions created, ‘Decoding of the Stones’ about the Cathedral and its development and ‘Birth of a Nation’ exploring our royal and Saxon heritage.

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Donate now

Winchester Cathedral needs the support of many to reach its target of £20.5m. There are lots of ways you can help. You can make a donation, organise a fundraising event, make a gift in your will or even fund elements of the appeal in their entirety.

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Our newsletter, Illumination, contains information about the development of our Capital works project.

Appeal News
Find out the progress we are making and all the latest news about our HLF Grant, the appeal and its major projects.