Lincoln Castle misses out on National Lottery heritage project award

Lincoln Castle has narrowly fallen short in its bid to be named as Best Heritage Project at the National Lottery Awards.

The annual awards aim to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, celebrating the difference they have made to people, places and communities across the country.

The castle, which received £12 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, was competing against six other projects in the public vote.

Despite receiving more than 4,000 votes, it was beaten to the top spot by the Royal Air Force Museum’s ‘First World War in the Air’ gallery.

Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage, said:

“We’re delighted that so many people have shown their support for the castle, and I’d like to thank everyone who voted.

“The RAF Museum was always the likely favourite, given its connection with such an emotive event. However, I think we gave them a good run for their money.

“It’s been a phenomenal start for the new-look castle. We’ve already won a clutch of awards and there have been more than 150,000 people through the gates – far exceeding our expectations.

“And given the great feedback we’ve had from visitors, I’m sure this success will continue for some time to come.”