House of Lords debate on the future of English cathedrals
On 28 June Lord Cormack, who has extensive interests in historic buildings, heritage and Church matters, opened a debate in the House of Lords on the future of English cathedrals.
Referring to the importance of our cathedrals not only as historic buildings and places of worship, but as centres of music, craftsmanship and of their individual communities, Lord Cormack called for the establishment of a £50m endowment fund to secure their future.
The Bishop of Birmingham pointed to cathedrals’ educational and civic work and to the £100m pounds every ten years which it costs just to keep them open and in good repair.
Baroness Andrews, Chair of English Heritage, stressed her organisation’s continuing commitment to work in partnership with cathedrals. The motion was noted enthusiastically.
Click here to watch the BBC footage from the Lords debate, or read the full text of the debate online via Hansard here.