The Trust supports projects that preserve heritage sites and important cultural icons now and for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
Salisbury Cathedral is one of the finest churches in England, notable for having Britain’s tallest spire and holding the country’s best-preserved copy of Magna Carta. It also includes a library and archive containing thousands of documents covering the Cathedral’s history from Norman times.
The Sackler Trust has provided funding to support the conservation and digitisation of the Cathedral’s Library and Archive, as well as supporting the ongoing exhibition to mark Magna Carta’s 800th year.
The Old Royal Naval College is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture by Sir Christopher Wren. Originally the site of one of the largest and most important Tudor palaces - Greenwich Palace - and the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. In the 17th century the Royal Hospital for Seamen was constructed. In 1869 the last of the pensioners bade farewell and a new chapter in the site’s history began when in 1873 the wards became classrooms to provide training for promising young naval officers, a role it only relinquished in 1997.
Today it is an extraordinary cultural destination attracting over 1.2 million visitors every year. Home to the Painted Hall, Chapel and Visitor Centre, the site delights school children, hosts major music events, and has provided a stunning backdrop to over 50 films.
The Sackler Trust is supporting the restoration of the spectacular Painted Hall, described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’ and the remarkable undercroft which will host a visitor centre revealing previously hidden spaces to the public.
Alexandra Palace is one of north London’s best-known landmarks with panoramic views of the City. The current building opened in 1875 and contained a theatre, concert hall and other public spaces but was badly damaged by fire in 1980. Since then, ongoing restoration work has breathed new life into the venue.
The Sackler Trust is happy to support the new East Court dedicated creative learning space at the Palace.