Last rescue grants go to heritage and cinemas

Heritage sites and independent cinemas are to be the final recipients of the first round of grants from the government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

Out of the £18m package, £13.5m is to go, via the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to kick-start projects on sites such as the UK’s oldest surviving synagogue and a Georgian swimming pool.

Through the British Film Institute, 33 cinemas will share £5m. Applications for another £400m of grants are being sifted to be handed out this summer.

A grant of £497,000 will go to the Bevis Marks Synagogue, the oldest surviving synagogue in the UK, to protect its collection of significant objects and illuminate the history of the site and the community which has worshipped there for 300 years. 

More than 90% of the grants allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund have been awarded to heritage projects outside of London. 

The Black Country Living Museum is currently operating as a vaccination centre, however prior to the pandemic the museum had been planning the single biggest development in its history which would create a new area on site exploring the history of the region through the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s. A grant of £3,740,000 will help this ambitious project continue, creating opportunities for work and skills development in the local area.  

£290,000 will ensure the plans to restore Cleveland Pools at Bath (pictured) into a vibrant community asset can still go ahead as planned despite the pandemic. The Grade II* listed site is one of the oldest surviving outdoor lidos in Britain and visitors of all ages will be able to swim in the redeveloped crescent pool all year round from 2022. 

The list of heritage awards is:

  • Museum of Oxford Hidden Histories, £240,000
  • Bevis Marks Synagogue Heritage Foundation, £497,000
  • North Yorkshire Moors Historic Railway Trust, £296,000
  • Brighton Museum’s Royal Estate, £1,000,000
  • Tavistock Guildhall Gateway Centre, £130,900
  • Geffrye Museum Trust, £692,000
  • Bath Abbey, £534,000
  • Tunbridge Wells Cultural & Learning Hub, £675,000
  • The Archway Centre: Roman Baths Learning Centre and World Heritage Centre, £359,600
  • Swanage Pier Regeneration Project, £469,800
  • Cleveland Pools Trust       , £290,000
  • Lincoln Cathedral, £973,600
  • Chester Farm, £719,700
  • Wicksteed Park, £302,700
  • Black Country Living Museum, £3,740,000
  • The Whitaker, £179,900
  • The Globe, Stockton-on-Tees, £774,000
  • The Common Room of the Great North, £228,000
  • Beamish Museum, £975,500
  • Carlisle Cathedral, £250,000
  • Thackray Museum, £174,600
  • The Hyde Park Picture House, £285,600


The cinemas receiving grants are:

  • Reel Cinemas* (13 locations), £1,500,000
  • The Light Cinemas** (10 locations), £2,928,364
  • Archlight Cinema, London, £152,362
  • East Coast Cinema, Lowestoft, £89,373
  • The Bonington, Nottingham, £66,695
  • Piccadilly Cinema, Leicester, £21,220
  • Tower Cinema, Skegness, £36,026
  • CineBowl, Uttoxter, £165,448
  • Regal Cinema, Wadebridge, £5,625
  • Rex Cinema, Wareham, £52,606
  • Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, £33,133
  • The Wharf Cinema, Tavistock, £14,399


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