St Botolph’s Awarded £1.7M for ‘Passion for People’

St Botolph’s Church in Boston, Lincolnshire has secured a HLF grant of £1.7 million for its new heritage project ‘Passion for People’.

The church, one of the country’s most architecturally renowned churches affectionately known as the ‘Boston Stump’ due to its extraordinarily tall tower, is embarking upon a project to become ‘a centre of cultural learning, heritage interpretation, all age people development, musical excellence and community integration’. The project will increase visitor numbers from the UK and help to promote Boston’s heritage to a wider overseas audience, the funding will also allow repairs to the roof, tower and weather proofing for the building.

Reverend Alyson Buxton said at the official HLF Announcement,

“We are delighted to have this significant vote of confidence from the Heritage Lottery Fund about the project ‘A Passion for People’ and its vision for the community, church and town of Boston.”


PLB provided HLF bid support for St Botolph’s, including interpretive planning and setting a narrative to highlight the buildings presence for all of the community. Each display has been sympathetically designed to fit within the existing building fabric to tell the stories of the people of Boston and the history of the church.