Let there be heat!

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Left Bank Leeds was recently awarded £76,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project, A Building of Significance. The project spans two years and centres on the amazing Grade II* listed former church building of Left Bank Leeds. It will celebrate, share and preserve what is considered one of the best examples of the work of architect Temple Moore.

Thanks to National Lottery players the project will enable Left Bank Leeds to install a (much needed) new heating system, employ a part-time Volunteer Manager for two years, offer more volunteering opportunities, provide volunteers with greater infrastructure and support, run a monthly lecture series on local architecture, host regular reminiscence events to capture memories about the building via knitting groups and afternoon teas, install a timeline and present an art exhibition exploring St Margaret of Antioch (the namesake of the former church Left Bank Leeds occupies).

Commenting on the award, Courtney Spencer, Director of Left Bank Leeds said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project marks a great step in the development of Left Bank Leeds. It will help us share our amazing building with more people, enhance the visitor experience and teach people about the heritage and significance of our building.”

Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We are pleased to be able to support projects that help to improve opportunities for people to get involved with heritage, develop new skills and share their memories with the wider community. Thanks to National Lottery players the Building of Significance project will help to bring to life the heritage of this fascinating place set in a bustling area of Leeds retelling its stories and uncovering its importance to the community.”

Celebrate with us at our Heating Launch Party on Thursday 26 Jan 6-9pm. Free to attend but please RSVP online via Eventbrite.

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Image with thanks to Nigel Cemm.