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Stanton Williams' Whitby Abbey schemes win backing

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The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded over £37 million to 128 projects around the uk.

One of the country's most important religious sites, Whitby Abbey Headland in North Yorkshire, is to receive £2.04 million. The grant will fund the building of a museum and visitors' centre by Stanton Williams on the site of the derelict Classical banqueting house, the restoration of a recently discovered seventeenth-century garden in the grounds of the now ruined seventh-century abbey, and improvements to site access. The project has partnership funding from the European Regional Development Fund, English Heritage and Scarborough Borough Council.

The buildings and grounds of Stowe House will receive grants of £4.9 million and £0.95 million respectively for urgent repairs and restoration to crumbing masonry and neglected landscape. Stowe has buildings and interiors by Sir John Vanbrugh, Robert Adam, Giovanni Battista Borra and Sir John Soane, and eighteenth-century landscape and gardens laid out by King George I's gardener and later improved by Capability Brown. The house and its grounds have been shortlisted by the Department of Culture Media and Sport for unesco World Heritage Site status.

The Grade II*-listed Horniman Museum, designed by Arts & Crafts architect Charles Harrison Townsend, will receive £9.9 million towards an improvement programme, including an extension to provide more exhibition space, better public facilities and a conservation studio, and the demolition of some post-1911 buildings on the site.

An award of £242,800 will enable the riba to buy and exhibit thousands of letters and sketchbooks by Sir Edward Lutyens, one of the greatest British architects of the early twentieth century.

The latest announcement shows an increase in the number of smaller grants awarded and brings the total number of brings the number of Heritage Lottery Fund awards to 2119, with a value of £1.1 billion.

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