Divine Beauty aims to conserve and interpret the world-famous stained-glass windows designed by Birmingham born, Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded development funding to help Birmingham Cathedral progress with the project so they can apply for a full grant later. It is hoped that the full project will enable essential conservation of the stained-glass and new interpretation both inside and outside the cathedral, as well as events and education programme that enables people to connect with the history of the windows, how they were made and other sites in the city with Burne-Jones links.

The windows, added between 1885 and 1897, are some of the finest examples of Birmingham artistry and hold an important place in the life of the city. During WWII the windows were removed courtesy of Birmingham Civic Society and placed in a slate mine in Wales for safekeeping.

The Dean of Birmingham, the Very Reverend Matt Thompson said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The stained-glass windows are a remarkable inspiration to visitors and worshippers from all over the world and we are pleased to be one step closer to their preservation”.