Dereliction 1996-2005

1996 – The Monastery of St. Francis & Gorton Trust formed as Building Preservation Trust by a group of volunteers.

1997 – Gorton Monastery placed on World Monuments Fund Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World alongside Pompeii, Taj Mahal and Valley of the Kings.

Buildings sold to the Trust for £1 by Royal Bank of Scotland. Major grant applications and fundraising begin.

1998 – The Monastery Trust begins its unique work delivering local education, training, enterprise, arts, health, restorative justice, cultural and community projects in Gorton.

July 2002 – The Trust offered almost £4 million of grant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, The Artitectural Heritage Fund and other Trusts.

April 2004 – £1.8 million of European Matched (EDRF) Funding is granted which kickstarts detailed planning and procurement process.

March 2005 – After over 8 years of campaigning work the Monastery is at risk once again, if the Trust can not prove that the building will be well used, then our heritage grants could be withdrawn.

April 2005 – Generous donations, support from New East Manchester (NEM) and an additional grant from North West Development Agency (NWDA) have provided the Trust with enough funding for the restoration to begin. £6 million of the £7 million required has now been raised.