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Kents Cavern charity wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

The Kents Cavern Foundation (KCF), the new charitable organisation delivering education, scientific research and conservation at Devon's award winning caverns, has today received £42,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Project Firestone.

The Kents Cavern Foundation (KCF), the new charitable organisation delivering education, scientific research and conservation at Devon's award winning caverns, has today received £42,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Project Firestone.

Project Firestone will create a full time graduate post for an Education, Community and Outreach Officer for the KCF, who will work with national and international partners to develop interpretation and improved access to the caverns and its collections, showcasing the connections between human evolution, the natural environment and geological heritage. Firestone will also support the wider ambitions of the KCF charity to create a centre of excellence for Earth Heritage and human evolution. 

Nick Powe, Director of Kents Cavern said: “I’m thrilled that the KCF has received this generous award from HLF. Firestone will not only help strengthen our credibility amongst academic and scientific institutions but will also deliver some exciting cultural activities.

“I feel Kents Cavern has reached a very interesting point, possibly even its tipping point. As a result of establishing this charitable organisation some extraordinary opportunities are opening up which were not available in the past. Not only will the KCF secure the conservation of Kents Cavern but as we move towards creating a centre of excellence in Earth heritage and human evolution, I can see Kents Cavern becoming a major player in Torbay’s aspirations for economic and social regeneration.”


“The new graduate post we have been able to create is a unique opportunity to shape the work of the charity and deliver a comprehensive programme of education, scientific and cultural outreach for Kents Cavern across the English Riviera Global Geopark. Full details of the role and how to apply can be downloaded from www.kents-cavern.co.uk/foundation

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