St Albans Museums has been awarded £143,432 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.
St Albans Museums is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support.
£257 million of investment was announced on Monday as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.
This fund comes at a crucial time for St Albans Museums. After months of closure, both museums were able to safely reopen with new COVID-secure measures in August and September.
Since then, the service has continued to adapt to changes in restrictions whilst also providing a welcoming experience for returning visitors.
This fund will allow the museums to recover from the negative financial impact of lockdown and begin rebuilding its programme.
The fund will mean that the service can continue providing residents and visitors with thought-provoking exhibitions, displays and installations across both physical and digital platforms.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.
“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”