Lottery Fund pledges £3m to Restoration
New boost for buildings at risk in BBC TWO series
Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged £3 million towards restoring
the building that wins BBC TWO's series Restoration it was announced
today (Tuesday 19 August 2003).
Souter, Director of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), said: "Restoration
is helping viewers to get involved in the future of the country's
heritage and is highlighting the threat that so much of it faces.
are proud to be part of it.
Heritage Lottery Fund has a great track record in restoring some
of the UK's most endangered historic buildings, giving them new
life and opening them up for everyone to enjoy.
Restoration Fund's bid to us for funding has shown that they will
be able to use our grant to do just this for whichever building
now up to the public to vote for where they think the money should
is produced by Endemol UK Productions for BBC Scotland.
Cheetham, Managing Director of Endemol UK
Productions, comments: "We are extremely grateful to The Heritage
Lottery Fund for this invaluable support.
buildings like these can help breathe new life into communities
and have a tangible effect on people's lives.
Restoration is making a difference all over the country by significantly
raising the profile of each one of the buildings featured and calling
the public to action."
Miller, Head of Factual Programming for BBC Scotland, comments:
"That the HLF have given Restoration this grant makes the viewers'
votes all the more significant.
is their passion for the winning building that will mean it can
be restored and returned to public use."
presented by Griff Rhys Jones, visits all corners of the UK and
offers viewers the chance to save from ruin one of 30 architectural
one-hour programmes (Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00pm on BBC TWO)
are each devoted to a geographical area and call on viewers to vote
for one of three historical buildings at risk in that region.
ten selected buildings will go through to the final - a magnificent
event at the Tower of London broadcast live on BBC TWO.
a nationwide vote will decide which one will be given a new lease
of life with money raised throughout the series (subject to the
building that wins the vote meeting charitable criteria on matters
such as public access).
announcement means an additional £3 million will go towards
giving the winning building a real future.
series features all styles and periods of buildings, from crofts
and castles to factories and country mansions - dating from medieval
times to the 20th century.
architect Ptolemy Dean and historic buildings surveyor Marianne
Suhr explore every corner of these buildings, unearthing their hidden
secrets and bringing back to life the romance of their past.
also draws on the memories and knowledge of local residents, owners
and conservation groups who love and value these buildings and are
fighting to preserve them for future generations.
the end of each programme, Griff asks the nation to cast its vote
for which building should go forward to the final.
can vote by calling 0901 077 77 77 and a minimum of 17.9p of every
30p call goes directly to The Restoration Fund (a registered charity).
can also be made to The Restoration Fund via the donation line -
0871 200 5050.
Heritage Lottery Fund enables communities to celebrate, look after
and learn more about the UK's diverse heritage.
great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots
or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF
grants open up the nation's heritage for everyone to enjoy.
date the Fund has supported more than 12,000 projects, allocating
over £2 billion across the UK.
has been produced in consultation with English Heritage, Historic
Scotland, CADW (Welsh Historic Monuments) and The Department of
the Environment and Heritage, Northern Ireland.
societies such as Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings,
SAVE (Save Britain's Heritage) and Architectural Heritage Fund and
the Heritage Lottery Fund have provided further advice.
final of the series is timed to coincide with the National Heritage
Open Days and weekends, which take place every year across the UK
immediately after each episode of Restoration on BBC TWO is a 10-part
series on BBC FOUR called Restoration Secrets.
focuses on restored properties around the country that are normally
closed to the public but will be open during Heritage Open Days.
also showcases the best of BBC archive about architecture, restoration
and historic buildings.
to a nationwide survey carried out for Restoration:
quarters of the population is worried about the current rate of
loss of the UK's historic buildings;
of individuals agreed that we in the UK do not do enough to care
for our old historic buildings;
derelict buildings were unanimously felt to make the local
area more depressing, and 66% claimed these buildings actually made
them feel depressed.
of an interview with Liz Forgan (Chair of HLF) on this announcement
is available through the BBC for media use.
nation votes for Greyfriars Tower (16.08.03)
nation votes for Victoria Baths (13.08.03)
required across the UK (08.08.03)
- press pack (18.07.03)
- saving Britain's heritage (19.03.03)
TWO viewers vote to save our national heritage (09.07.02)
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