Derby Museums to receive £65K from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Visitor in Joseph Wright Gallery at Derby Museum & Art Gallery – image [c] Derby Museums

Image: A visitor in the Joseph Wright Gallery at Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Derby Museums among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Derby Museums has received a grant of £65K from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and re-open.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Derby Museums in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

This funding award received by Derby Museums will help to continue to develop and deliver its offer throughout this next period of the Covid-19 pandemic, at a hugely challenging time for the cultural sector.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums, said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded this generous funding from the Culture Recovery Fund. It will help us to open our museum sites when restrictions allow and continue to offer fantastic experiences for our visitors, providing essential cultural support for Derby’s recovery.”

 Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:
“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.