Summer success for London heritage sites with £1.6 million in lottery funding

By Nick Owen | 12 July 2011
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The front entrance to the Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection is celebrating a £470,000 grant© Anthony O'Neil
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that more than £1.6 million in funding for three heritage sites across the capital.

The money will pay for major refurbishments and works to All Saints Church in Kingston, the Wallace Collection and London South Bank University.

Wesley Kerr, Chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for London, said: “The variety and depth of London’s heritage and culture never ceases to amaze and impress us.

“HLF is proud to continue supporting the wonderful immensity of London."

All Saints Church in Kingston-upon-Thames received the largest amount of funding, with a confirmed grant of £899,000.

The grant will go towards re-emphasising the role of the church as the core of Kingston’s historical appeal.

It will also see the Grade I-listed Coronation Stone – traditionally said to be the stone on which the first kings of England were crowned in the 10th Century – re-sited to its original location in the churchyard.

The Rector Jonathan Wilkes said: “This is great news for the church and the whole of Kingston.

“It is a remarkable fact that the first person who could properly be called King of England was crowned here, and the story of the church and the town deserves a wider audience.”

The £470,000 awarded to the Grade II-listed Wallace Collection will mean that the three Dutch Gallery interiors will be refurbished for the first time in 30 years.

Containing a major collection of 17th century Rembrandt and Rubens paintings, these galleries are known for their focus on artworks depicting the lives of ordinary people.

The collection has influenced an outreach and education programme towards the local South Asian communities, which will accompany the restoration.

Using the Dutch and Flemish artworks, the programme aims to stimulate discussions about aspects of 17th century Dutch life and the impact of the Dutch East India Company on South Asian countries during the 1800s.

The HLF award will also ensure the work of influential British figurative artist David Bomberg and the Borough Group will enjoy its first permanent display space.

The £239,800 will go towards converting two ground floor rooms in the LSBU Borough Road building, immediately below where Bomberg and his students worked in the first half of the 20th Century.

Development funding was also awarded to other London projects, which can now progress plans in order to apply for a full HLF grant.

The Regent Street cinema, which hosted the first ever cinema performance in the UK in 1896, received £105,000 in development funding to see it restored and opened to the public as a working picture house.

Development funding of £24,000 will also mean that a first-ever attempt to chart the 150 year untold story of the British Chinese workforce in the UK will take place.
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