Heritage gets first share of recovery fund

The government has announced grants worth £67m to heritage organisations from the Culture Recovery Fund, ranging from £10,000 to £1m.

A total of 445 organisations across England have been successful in sharing the first spending from the £1.57bn fund to operating, recovery and reopening.

Grants worth another £34m from Heritage Stimulus Fund have gone to 12 organisations including English heritage, the Landmark Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and the Canal and River Trust to restart construction and makntance programmes.

“Our heritage is still facing a perilous future – we are not out of the woods yet” said Ros Kerslake, CEO of the National Heritage Lottery Fund. “But this hugely welcome funding has undoubtedly stopped heritage and the organisations that care for it from being permanently lost.”

Grant recipients include The Daniel Adamson, an art-deco heritage steamship and living and working museum in the north-west of England (£151,000); Farfield Mill which showcases the importance of the textile heritage to the local community of Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales (£44,400 grant); Levens Hall, the  Cumbrian house with a record-breaking garden and rare-breed goats (£165,000); Lincoln Cathedral (pictured), one of the finest and largest cathedrals in northern Europe (£970,600); Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham, J M W Turner’s country home (£58,800); and the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, which is home to ten venues including the Opera House Theatre, the Empress Ballroom and the Pavilion Theatre (£846,600). The full list can be found here:  https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/government-fund-provides-crucial-lifeline-englands-heritage

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: “As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past. This money will secure our shared heritage for future generations”. Further grants from the fund have yet to be allocated.

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