The oldest standing building on Merseyside, Birkenhead Priory, will be transformed into a multi-purpose community space thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £393,100, it has been announced.
Led by Wirral Council the project will:
- Conserve the north and west range Priory buildings and complete other restoration works in order to remove the Priory from the Heritage At Risk register;
- Improve the visitor experience through a range of interactive activities including the latest smartphone technology;
- Create a digital learning pack for schools and a public performance programme based on the Priory’s heritage;
- Provide opportunities for volunteers to get involved;
- Revamp the museum in the Priory’s undercroft.
Frank said: “It is appropriate that the oldest building in Merseyside should be supported by the HLF and the grant will help to rebalance the cultural pull of both sides of the river.”
Birkenhead Priory dates back to 1150 when it was founded as a small monastery for Benedictine Monks and is one of only four surviving Benedictine sites in the North West.