A visitor centre with a cafe, shop and toilets will be built at Brompton Cemetery, thanks to a £4.5m grant from the BIG Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The improvements will take place as part of the Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project, which will cost £6.2m in total, with the extra funding provided by The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Foundation. The project will also involve restoring historic elements of the cemetery and improving existing wildlife habitats.
Following a public consultation last year, the North Lodge will be converted into the Visitor Centre, with two small extensions planned to the existing building. The chapel, central colonnades and catacombs will all be restored.
The 39-acre site, which has several notable burials including Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, is one of the oldest designed Grade I cemeteries in the country.
It will be maintained as a working cemetery with funerary services still available.
Volunteers are being recruited to help with the continued management and maintenance of the cemetery. To find out more about becoming a volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7349 8161