William Eichler 09 November 2020

Latest round of funding for heritage sites announced

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The major share of a £1.57bn fund dedicated to supporting the recovery of cultural assets has been awarded outside of London, according to the Government.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced that grants from the latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund will protect 162 heritage sites across the country to ensure that jobs and access to arts, culture and heritage in local communities are protected in the months ahead.

Historic sites and leading cultural organisations, including iconic venues like Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and The Lowry in Salford, will receive help to meet ongoing costs and support to restart activity when it is possible to do so safely.

Blenheim Palace, the Oxfordshire birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, will receive £1,896,000 for extensive repairs. St Paul’s and Durham Cathedral will also receive over £1m each.

All four nations are benefiting from the UK Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, with £188m barnetted to the Devolved Administrations to run their own process - £97m for Scotland, £59m for Wales and £33m for Northern Ireland.

‘These grants will help the places that have shaped our skylines for hundreds of years and that continue to define culture in our towns and cities,’ Mr Dowden said.

‘From St Paul’s and Ronnie Scott’s to The Lowry and Durham Cathedral, we’re protecting heritage and culture in every corner of the country to save jobs and ensure it can bounce back strongly.’

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