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Economic Impact of Lincoln Cathedral

  • Client:
    The Dean and Chapter of Lincoln Cathedral

The Brief

Research and reporting to provide a detailed assessment of the economic impact of the Cathedral as part of the evidence for the Cathedral’s 2013 Heritage Lottery Bid ‘Cathedral Connected’.

Our Role

This is research that Globe has undertaken twice in the past with reference to much earlier work commissioned by English Heritage. For a 2013 assessment we agreed with the Cathedral’s Project Team to start with a blank sheet, building up a picture of the economic impact from current visitor data, till records and visitor surveys.   An important part of our role was to work collaboratively with the Project Team, Cathedral volunteers and staff to help bring together the extensive but dispersed knowledge and information that the Cathedral has at its disposal.


The economic impact report was delivered in good time to support the ‘Cathedral Connected’ Lottery bid and at no cost to the Cathedral as Globe undertook the research project as part of our commitment to community and social responsibility.

The research concluded that Lincoln Cathedral makes a significant contribution to the local economy, estimated to be in excess of £17million per annum, with adult paying visitors to the Cathedral contributing £6.7million to the visitor economy. In terms of direct Cathedral employment; along with direct, indirect, and induced expenditure; the Cathedral supports an estimated 425 full time equivalent jobs.

The research also highlighted some key information about visitor activity, location and expenditure that helped to inform the ‘Cathedral Connected’ Lottery bid.

Globe was assisted by Lincolnshire Research Observatory who provided GIS data mapping and undertook an independent review of our methodology and data analysis.


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