Thanks to National Lottery players, Newington Green Meeting House has been awarded £1.73million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for a major renovation of this important historical building.
Built in 1708, Newington Green Meeting House has been a home of radical thinking for over 300 years. Mary Wollstonecraft – the so-called ‘mother’ of feminism – frequently attended. And this beautiful building housed an influential group known as the Dissenters, who campaigned for religious freedom, the abolition of slavery, and social reform. Its most famous member, Rev Richard Price, was frequently visited by several Founding Fathers of the USA, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine.
Now home to New Unity, a non-religious church that ‘believes in good’. The renovation will take place throughout 2019, with the grand reopening scheduled for January 2020. Plans include creating a visitor centre and making it fully accessible.
Rev Andy Pakula, minister of New Unity, said: “We’ve always been a radically inclusive community, but thanks to the National Lottery, we can now take this to the next level: inviting so many different groups to come and explore the Dissenters’ legacy.”