Three heritage organisations across in Mid-Cornwall are set to receive more than £700,000 of Government funding from the Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan (£606,400), Cornwall Aviation Centre, Newquay (£53,200) and the Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown (£70,000) are three out of 445 organisations across the country who will share the £67 million from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to help with costs for operating heritage sites, to keep venues open and to save jobs and livelihoods.
This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund - funded by Government and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.
Welcoming the news was local Member of Parliament Steve Double, who said:
“We have some of the finest heritage attractions in the world in Mid-Cornwall and I am delighted to see the Government come forward with this significant funding to help them continue to operate through these difficult times.”
“These sites are also vital to our wider visitor economy in Cornwall and I am pleased to see Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall Aviation Centre and the Shipwreck Treasure Museum recognised with this which will also support the wider local economy.”
“I will continue to work with the Government to ensure Cornwall gets its share of the unprecedented support package that the Government is rolling out in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Grants are between £10,000 and £1 million with a further round of grants of up to £3 million due to be announced imminently.