Many welcome proposed Pugin and St Augustine education, research and visitor centre following announcement of Heritage Lottery Funding support

Following the announcement of Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Pugin and St Augustine education, research and visitor centre at St Augustine’s church in Ramsgate, many have welcomed the news.  Here are some of the messages St Augustine’s church in Ramsgate have received.

Catriona Blaker of the Pugin Society and Ramsgate resident said

“We are thrilled that St Augustine’s Education, Research and Visitor Centre Project is going ahead. If ever there was a church from which so many people could learn so much about so many fascinating subjects, encompassing religious beliefs, architecture, design, symbolism, and general history, this is the one.

The wonderful church of St Augustine, designed by the great architect Augustus Welby Pugin, famously known for his work at the Palace of Westminster, has in the past been somewhat of a sleeping beauty. Now, this project will make a huge number of people aware of its unique quality and significance and can only enhance the already steadily rising profile of the church.”

Laura Sandys MP for South Thanet said

“I am thrilled that St Augustine’s has won backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund and was delighted to support its application. This is excellent news for Ramsgate and testament to the hard work and efforts of the local community and volunteers. I would like to warmly congratulate all those involved.”

“The proposed Education, Research and Visitor Centre at St Augustine’s will provide educational facilities for schools in the area to learn about the world famous architect Pugin, and the historic landing of Augustine who brought Christianity to Southern England.

“Ramsgate has a very vibrant heritage and St Augustine’s plays a hugely important part in this. The visitor centre will facilitate our extraordinary history being enjoyed by people for years to come and will assist in attracting more visitors to the area.

“I am delighted to give the project my full backing and will be holding a Parliamentary reception in support of the project later this year.”

On behalf of the Pugin family, Robert Pugin Purcell, great great grandson of AWN Pugin said:

“On behalf of the Pugin family, I wish to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for the wonderful news that St Augustine’s application has been successful. The development of an education, research and visitor centre builds on the existing restoration work being undertaken in a unique Church. It also brings this Church, of such architectural significance, into community life and involvement – and is therefore a project which directly meets the vision Augustus Pugin had for Ramsgate and the Thanet region.”

Lord Cormack, President of the Parliamentary all-party Arts and Heritage Group said:

“Everyone who claims that there is genius in Pugin will be delighted with this news”

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