Heritage site and museum thrilled to receive £78,000 Lottery grant

St Seraphim's Trust has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Photo: Archant

St Seraphim's Trust has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Photo: Archant - Credit: Archant

A grant of more than £78,000 has been awarded to a north Norfolk museum.

St Seraphim's Trust in Little Walsingham received the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop and grow its volunteer workforce and create a permanent display of icons.

The trust was set up in 2005 with the aim of preserving the collections and materials associated with the icon painting workshops set up at the old station in 1966. In 2016 the trust successfully achieved Museum Accreditation.

A trustee for the museum, said: 'The trustees are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players and are excited by the prospect of growing the volunteer base, and bringing the history and heritage of our collections to a wider audience.

'St Seraphim's Trust is a fantastic place, and we hope that all our new volunteers and visitors discover more about icons and icon painting in Little Walsingham, whilst being in a place that will enrich their spirituality and provide a positive and life-enhancing experience.'

With the volunteers, the Trust will develop and deliver activities in the gallery and garden, and maintain the collections.

All activities will be aimed encouraging people to come and enjoy St Seraphim's Trust, and engage with its history and heritage.

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There will activities aimed at families and children, as well as activities such as icon painting workshops, aimed at adults.

The project will breathe new life into St Seraphim's, and help to share stories of icons and icon painting in Walsingham.

Robyn Llewellyn, head of HLF East of England, said: 'Volunteers are incredibly important across the heritage sector so we're delighted to support St Seraphims Trust to put volunteers at the heart of their fascinating icons project, thanks to the money raised by National Lottery Players.'

St Seraphim's Trust is located in the old railway station, which at one time brought many visitors in on the 'Pilgrim Trains'. Having been closed by Beeching 1964, the station was reopened in 1966 as an Orthodox Chapel and icon painting workshop.

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