Discover DeCrypt will transform these historic buildings, which are in danger of decay and dilapidation, into a sustainable heritage attraction, learning centre, cultural venue and community hub in the heart of Gloucester. We are passionate about making the buildings fully accessible to enable everyone to enjoy and learn from their visit.
Discover DeCrypt will bring the buildings back to life. Young people and volunteers will be involved in the renovation work as they learn about heritage and acquire skills in building conservation. There will be opportunities to find out about the interesting history of the buildings and the people associated with them. The buildings will be available for use by schools, pre-school and other community groups as well as available for private hire.
We plan to make the buildings more comfortable by installing new heating, lighting and toilets, a lobby area, welcome desk and kiosk for souvenirs, with a lift and hearing loop to make the buildings fully accessible. The interior of the church will be re-ordered for more flexible use. There will be new display panels and different ways to find out about the history and heritage of the site, including an interactive app and flip books with talking pens. The schoolroom will be equipped for art workshops upstairs, while downstairs will be a coffee point and storytelling space.
Having received our Round 2 pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund in December 2016, we have been working on raising the rest of our match funding. In April 2017, sufficient was in place to enable us to restart the project and the necessary permission to start was granted by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Fundraising however will continue throughout the programme. Detailed design work has begun and will continue during 2017, with the church open as usual to the public. Following closure in September, capital works on site will begin over winter 2017/18 with the refurbished buildings due to reopen in April 2019.
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