Government minister for arts Ed Vaizey expresses delight on Peterborough Cathedral visit

Ed Vaizey at Peterborough Cathedral
Ed Vaizey at Peterborough Cathedral

The man responsible for arts and culture in the UK visited Peterborough on Monday to check out the cathedral and Central Library.

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, went to see how remedial works at the cathedral were going and also to find out more about new self-service technology at the library called open+ which began this year.

Mr Vaizey toured the cathedral to find out more about its £10 million fundraising efforts ahead of its 900th anniversary in 2018, and to see how works were going after the cathedral was awarded £2.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make it more accessible and £88,433 from the government’s First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund to repair the Old Baptistry Gable.

Mr Vaizey said: “The tour was absolutely brilliant. It’s wonderful to see Peterborough Cathedral in all its glory - it’s a magnificent building.”

Mr Vaizey, who met regional arts organisations during his trip, also said that a government white paper will be submitted early next year which will document proposed changes to the arts nationally.

Although details are not yet ready to be published, Mr Vaizey said the changes would give arts and heritage more impact in the community.

This could be through helping people in poor health or giving children from disadvantaged backgrounds a chance to access the arts.

The minister also said that he was impressed by local arts group Metal and that Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson had praised the recent Harvest Festival.