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£1.2m HLF funding secured for Milton Abbey Church

Milton Abbey School is delighted to report news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has approved a grant of over £1.2 million, allowing significant essential repair works to be carried out to the Abbey church.

The grant amounts to 73% of the total cost of a major visitor welcome and repair programme, which will help preserve the Abbey for generations to come and enhance its engagement with the stunning 500 acre surrounding landscape, designed by Capability Brown.

As well as being considered a "14th Century gem" and popular Dorset visitor attraction, the Abbey is also an integral part of Milton Abbey School, a senior day and boarding school with which it shares its beautiful site.

Headmaster, Magnus Bashaarat, said, "We were delighted to be involved with the HLF bid, working jointly alongside the Diocese of Salisbury and the Forestry Commission to help secure the grant.  The Abbey is the beating heart of our School.  It is intrinsic to life at Milton Abbey and a key communal place in which our pupils gather and spend time on a weekly basis."  He added, "It is truly fantastic to know that these essential repairs can take place to preserve the Abbey for visitors and pupils alike in years to come, and it is especially timely given our involvement in the CB300 celebrations this summer."

The grant will be used to repair the Abbey's internal and external masonry, along with the tower windows, ceilings and vaults.  Historic viewpoints around the site will be recovered and new visitor toilet facilities will be installed.