The idea is simple: any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard between 3rd and 9th of December gets in return, free access for two, to Middleport Pottery’s Heritage Trail.
Middleport Pottery is operated by United Kingdom Historic Building Preservation Trust (UKHBPT). The charity received £1.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the development and delivery of Middleport Pottery. In 2014 the Pottery opened its doors and is now a thriving visitor attraction, receiving c. 50,000 visitors a year. Most recently, in October 2018, the charity was awarded £974,500 to restore and renovate a row of former pottery workers’ houses adjacent to the popular visitor attraction.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
“December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7.8bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”
Middleport Pottery’s Director Clare Wood, said: “The charity is delighted to have been awarded these significant contributions from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are conscious that Lottery funds are under great pressure, which makes any major investment from the National Lottery all the more meaningful. Thanks to National Lottery players, Middleport Pottery is a great example of how heritage can be made sustainable. Bringing together business, community and tourism to maintain and celebrate these heritage assets for the benefit of everyone; and in doing so, preserves the area’s unique identity for generations to come”.