St Albans Museums to obtain coronavirus funding from Arts Council England

The funding will ensure that the museums can remain open for visitors in the coming months. Picture: St Albans Museums

PUBLISHED: 10:40 15 October 2020 | UPDATED: 10:41 15 October 2020

St Albans Museums has been awarded £143,432 as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Picture: St Albans Museums

St Albans Museums has been awarded £143,432 as a part of the federal government’s £1.57 billion Tradition Restoration Fund. Image: St Albans Museums


St Albans Museums has been awarded over £140,000, which is able to go in direction of its coronavirus restoration.

As a part of the federal government’s £1.57 billion Tradition Restoration Fund (CRF), £143,432 has been donated to make sure it has a sustainable future.

St Albans Museums – which oversees St Albans Museum + Gallery and Verulamium Museum – is certainly one of 1,385 cultural and inventive organisations throughout the nation receiving urgently wanted assist.

This fund allows each museums to soundly keep open with new COVID-secure measures in place, and adapt to adjustments in restrictions. It’s going to additionally be sure that thought-provoking exhibitions, shows and installations throughout each bodily and digital platforms proceed.

St Albans District Councillor Anthony Rowlands, portfolio holder for leisure, heritage and public realm, mentioned: “The pandemic has had a big influence on the museum service.

“I’m grateful to the employees who labored very onerous to reopen the museums in the summertime. Nonetheless, the persevering with monetary implications of closure and ongoing restrictions are to not be underestimated.

“The council is grateful for this grant from Arts Council England, which is able to assist future proof the service.

“This fund will be sure that the neighborhood continues to have entry to our nice historical past and artwork as we climate this pandemic collectively.”

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On Monday, October 12, £257 million of funding was introduced as a part of the very first spherical of the Tradition Restoration Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.

Additional rounds of funding within the cultural and heritage sector are on account of be introduced over the approaching weeks.

Tradition secretary and Hertsmere MP, Oliver Dowden, mentioned: “This funding is an important enhance for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that kind the soul of our nation.

“It’s going to shield these particular locations, save jobs and assist the tradition sector’s restoration.

“These locations and initiatives are cultural beacons the size and breadth of the nation. This unprecedented funding within the arts is proof this authorities is right here for tradition, with additional assist to come back within the days and weeks forward in order that the tradition sector can bounce again strongly.”

Arts Council England chair Sir Nicholas Serota mentioned: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance corporations and music venues carry pleasure to folks and life to our cities, cities and villages.

“This life-changing funding will save hundreds of cultural areas beloved by native communities and worldwide audiences.

“Additional funding continues to be to be introduced and we’re working onerous to assist our sector throughout these difficult instances.”

St Albans Museum + Gallery is open 11am to 5pm each day, and Verulamium Museum is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm, and Saturdays 11am to three.30pm.

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