Hidden treasures to be restored at St Marie’s Cathedral

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Little-known hidden treasures in St Marie’s Cathedral in Sheffield will be restored and put on public display thanks to a grant of almost £500,000.

The cathedral on Norfolk Row, in the city centre, has been awarded a grant of £496,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, along with projects in Barnsley, Wakefield and Leeds.

The money will be used to restore Victorian tilework, the Lewis organ and rare alabaster sculptures as well as providing visitors and worshippers with a wealth of historic information.

Father Christopher Posluszny, Dean of St Marie’s Cathedral, said: “The whole community of St Marie’s is absolutely delighted with the Heritage Lottery Fund’s grant, which will allow us to share with the people of Sheffield and further afield wonderful stories and objects that have been hidden until now.”

The organ, which dates from 1875, is the largest, unaltered instrument manufactured by Lewis and Company remaining in the UK

The beautiful ceramic tiles show pictorial scenes and are inscribed with the names of Sheffield parishioners and the clergy who served in the church, and the 15th century alabaster relief panels are among the few in the country that survived the English Reformation in the 16th century.

The grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund total £4.4 million and are to restore and reveal artistic and architectural treasures.

The other project to benefit in South Yorkshire is The Cooper Gallery, in Barnsley, which has been given £638,000 for an extension to create more display space, allowing a larger proportion of the gallery’s collection of paintings to be shown.

Fiona Spiers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “The combined effect of these major projects awarded funding today is to provide local people and visitors alike with the chance to view works of fine art, ceramics, rare sculpture and beautifully restored buildings and to learn much more about their significance to the region.”