Great Place: £1.49million awarded to Gloucester

We are thrilled to announce that Gloucester City Council – along with partners including Gloucester Culture Trust (that’s us!), University of Gloucestershire, the NHS, Create Gloucestershire, Gloucester Cathedral and many others – has been awarded £1.49million for a three-year investment in the city’s heritage and arts activity and infrastructure.

Through this work, we aim to ensure that investment in arts and culture also has the biggest possible impact on local economies, jobs, education, community cohesion and health and wellbeing.

The Great Place Scheme is a joint initiative by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, using funds raised from the National Lottery.

Gloucester is one of 16 places across England that will collectively receive £20 million to put arts and culture at the heart of our communities.


Welcome to Gloucester Culture Trust.

The Trust has been set up to deliver and drive forward Gloucester’s Cultural Vision & Strategy, 2016-2026.

We are very grateful to Gloucester City Council and Arts Council England for their pivotal support in making this ambitious plan a reality.

Our goal is to make Gloucester a better place to live, work and play. Gloucester is changing, things are happening, but we have not yet realised our cultural potential; too often seen as a cultural desert and poor relation to our neighbours, we recognise that we have a long way to go.

We want our city to be known for its distinctive culture: innovative and excellent, quirky and edgy, diverse and community-based with a strong focus on young people.

You can read our strategy here:,Plans%20and%20Policies/Cultural%20Strategy.pdf

We look forward to working with you!

To find out more and to get involved, please contact:

Hollie Smith-Charles, Director // @holliesc


Photo (c) Strike A Light / Barney Witts (Fluxx Films)