St Nicholas Priory receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund
St Nicholas Priory is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government to help them through the coronavirus pandemic thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The Culture Recovery Fund is provided by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Priory will receive a total of £42,700. This money will pay for essential repairs, some development work; equally importantly, the grant enables Exeter Historic Buildings Trust to retain its part-time staff until the end of March.
There is more about the grant (including a contribution from EHBT’s chair, Professor James Clark) in Exeter City Council’s News website here:
CONFERENCES – Our dedicated conference room is one of the most unique and special spaces in Exeter. Ideal for workshops, training and meetings, cabaret or lecture style, we can accommodate your needs. For more information visit www.nicholaspriory.com
OUR SECOND HANDOVER CEREMONY WITH THE LORD MAYOR IN ATTENDANCE was held on Friday 13th September 2019 – Our annual ceremony celebrating the handover of St Nicholas Priory to Exeter Historic Buildings trust.
The formal lease transferring the Priory was signed and sealed on 7th September 2018. For this EHBT Trustee Richard Parker designed a new seal. Our Chair, David Radstone, resplendent in Tudor costume, received a ceremonial key from the Lord Mayor.
Hundreds of people visited St Nicholas Priory and 21 The Mint over Heritage Open Days 2018 and comments were very positive. See photos on our Facebook page.
DEVON AND EXETER MEDICAL SOCIETY PARTNERS WITH EHBT AT ST NICOLAS PRIORY PROVIDES AN OPENING EXHIBITION AS PART OF THE VISITOR ATTRACTION
The Benedictine monks that were housed in St Nicholas’ Priory involved themselves in the life of Exeter, including care for the sick. It is also known that the Priory had friendly relations with the Franciscan monks who lived near them from about 1240, probably in the premises of the former hospital of St Alexius (founded in 1172 just behind St Nicholas), The location of part of the Devon and Exeter Medical Society’s collection of artefacts in part of the Priory underlines the history of the monks and of their involvement in the treatment of Exeter’s sick people.