The National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall

Our Funding
Total Project Cost

On occasions our Board decides to provide funding outside our standard funding programmes. These grants are for projects which the Board considers are of national importance. One such grant was for the The National Centre for Writing, Norwich. This was a £1.99m project to renovate and upgrade the C15th Grade 1 Listed Dragon Hall to provide a fully accessible building with facilities and technology to develop artistic and learning activities around creative writing and translation for young people, schools, communities, participants and audiences.

The project, which completed in summer 2018, not only sympathetically redeveloped the Grade 1 listed building but created a world class centre for writing and literature and helped celebrate Norwich’s literary heritage and sense of place as the UK's first UNESCO City of Literature.

Our funding was used to replace and upgrade lighting across the building along with replacing boilers and heating systems, including an air source heat pump. We also funded the external repairs and decorations of the interior of the Great Hall and the renovation of wooden floors throughout. Part of the project also involved improving access to the building and we helped fund passenger lifts and audio loops so that events are accessible to all.

The Centre is open daily, available as a venue and offers free, bookable, guided tours fortnightly.