Completion of the building work will not be the end of the task, because the project will move on to improve visitors’ experience of the building, its history and treasures. The Minster offers a great deal of insight into local history and the development of art and architecture, as well as into religious history, so the project aims to make it easier to discover and appreciate what there is to see, and tell the stories of some significant characters associated with its history. There will also be more to offer students from local schools and colleges to support their curriculum.

Helping all kinds of people to appreciate this heritage is the major concern of the Heritage Lottery Fund which is contributing a quarter of the cost of the whole project, but a bigger proportion of the cost of this “engagement” phase of the project. Although the main target has been reached, fund raising will continue, partly to help pay for this heritage engagement work, but also because the final cost of building work won’t be known until it’s finished and there are always unexpected costs – and no end to urgent repairs! A celebration of completion of the building work is being planned for next summer at which point the heritage engagement part of the project will be launched to be developed over the following 18 months.

Over £100,000 has come from local people, local businesses and fund raising events, which shows how much the Minster is valued in the community – it always was and remains the heart of King’s Lynn.