Nottingham Castle Transformation Project secures National Lottery Investment
Nottingham City Council is pleased to announce today (Wednesday 23 November 2016) that it has received a grant of £13.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards the Nottingham Castle Transformation Project.
Fittingly, the congratulatory announcement from HLF was delivered by Robin Hood after the news was delivered by a messenger who arrived at the Castle on horseback. The news was celebrated by a gathered group of school children from Haydn Road Primary School and characters from the Castle’s 1,000 years of history including the 1st Duke of Newcastle – William Henry Cavendish who built the present Ducal Mansion in the 1670s on the remains of the old medieval castle.
Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “We’re delighted with this news and very grateful that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given the scheme their vote of confidence. Securing this funding means we can push on with the next phase of the scheme. We look forward to delivering this major project which is so significant for our City, for tourism, and our economy and is a source of pride for the people of Nottingham.”
Ted Cantle, Chair of Nottingham Castle Trust said “This is great news for the project and Nottingham. It will help the Trust with fundraising for the project. We have successfully raised almost 50% of our £3m target and we will now approach a mixture of trusts and foundations, individuals and national and local companies to complete our task with the confidence that the HLF approval gives us.”
Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands said: “Nottingham Castle will forever be linked in our imaginations to the outlaw Robin Hood and his Merry Men. There are, however, many other wonderful stories that are part of its history, including political rebellion, riots and intrigue. With the help of National Lottery players, this extraordinary historic building will once more become a focal point for Nottingham.”