The Portico Library wins National Lottery support


Press information for immediate release

The Portico Library and Newsroom has received a National Lottery grant of £87,000 via the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Resilient Heritage programme, for an important heritage project aimed at helping it take another step towards becoming a cultural beacon in the centre of Manchester.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on helping The Portico Library to create a resilient infrastructure in the short term, in order to realise its ambitious ideas for the future.

Despite being a 212-year-old organisation, the charity that administers the Library is less than a year old. The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will enable the Library to spend time working with professional legal advisers to develop a governance structure that it is fit for now and well into the future.

Our building has seen many changes over the last two centuries. Architectural advice will help the Library make plans for repairs and refurbishment to the fabric of the Grade 2* listed Georgian structure, while also looking to the future about what options might yet be explored.

Financial and business planning advisors will investigate potential income streams for the Library and an access consultant will create a plan to make the building accessible and welcoming to all.

These individual pieces of work will result in a ten-year strategic plan for the Library, meaning it can move forward with confidence and a renewed sense of purpose.

Commenting on the award, Lynne Allan Chair of the Portico Library said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will help us to create a Library that looks to the future with drive and determination. We look forward to sharing the detailed results of this process, and our plans, with everyone in 2019.”

The Library will be open as usual throughout the project, which is expected to be completed in Spring 2019. A further press release will be issued then, with details of what the project has achieved – and some ideas about what the future might hold.


Notes to editors

About The Portico Library and Newsroom

The Portico Library opened in 1806 on Moseley Street in central Manchester and is still housed in its original home today. In addition to caring for and making available the largely early 19th-century collection to members and visitors, the Library organises public events and exhibitions throughout the year and is open to all six days a week. The Library is home to the prestigious Portico Literature Prizes for fiction and non-fiction.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.


Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Dr Thom Keep, Librarian at The Portico Library on 0161 236 6785 or