With York hosting the oldest active convent in England, Bar Convent is a site that is a unique part of our social and spiritual heritage. In the hopes to make those facilities open to the public more accessible, the convent have launched a fundraising campaign to help secure a £2 million project. So far £340,000 has been raised in generous donations from individuals and foundations in an earlier phase of fundraising, and now they’re looking to raise the remaining £1.65 million in order to complete the project.
The Living Heritage Fund intends to make those displays and areas open to the public more accessible, both for those with limited mobility and to a new generation of users. The Bar Convent Trustees are already keen to make sure that they provide a place for education and welcoming to people of all faiths and none, who wish to experience a significant part of Yorkshire’s history.
Founded by pioneer Mary Ward, the Bar Convent has been situated opposite Micklegate Bar since 1686. The upgrade will transform the public areas in a way in which it can attract a wide audience whilst retaining the character of its historical building and tradition.Raising awareness of its heritage and current work, the project includes a brand-new, modern and interactive exhibition which will guide the audience through the tales of the Mary Ward and the convent.
The project will not only help to generate additional visitors for the convent, but in result help to secure its future and keep England’s oldest convent part of today’s present and future society.Work is planned to start onsite over the winter of 2014/2015, and completed in Autumn 2015.
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