A photograph of the tops of some of Truro Cathedral's pointed arches, with stained glass windows in the background. In the foreground, to the right hand side, there is a Christmas tree.
Christmas at Truro Cathedral © National Lottery Heritage Fund
Christmas at Truro Cathedral © National Lottery Heritage Fund

£15.5 Million Christmas Boost for 140 Heritage Organisations

126 organisations caring for historic sites, buildings, museums, railways and monuments will receive £14.8 million in continuity support grants. Additionally, almost £1 million in emergency grants will provide a lifeline to 12 organisations supported by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.

Nearly 140 heritage organisations in England will benefit from £15.5 million this Christmas thanks to the government’s unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.

This winter, sites like Alexandra Park and Palace and The British Music Experience in Liverpool will receive a share of £14.8 million in continuity support grants as part of this next round of funding.

A total of £138 million has been awarded to heritage organisations from the three rounds of the government’s £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund support package made available for arts, culture and heritage organisations during the pandemic. This third round of grants is part of the additional £300 million announced by the Chancellor at March’s Budget.

Find heritage organisations funded near you in the third round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

The Grade II listed Alexandra Park and Palace has been awarded £702,000. The rare surviving example of a Victorian pleasure palace is known globally as the birthplace of television. Funding will support staffing and plans to deliver a calendar of theatre and large outdoor events in 2022 to generate income.

The Silverstone Interactive Museum, based at the home of the Formula One British Grand Prix, will also receive funding with a grant of £710,700. The museum ensures that the heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing is explained and interpreted for today’s public through an exciting and interactive exhibition. The museum’s Collections and Research Centre ensures it is protected for future generations. Funding will support financial sustainability and plans to improve the museum’s visitor experience.

Truro Cathedral in Cornwall has been awarded £232,300. Over a quarter of a million visitors each year visit this Gothic Revival building, which houses some of the finest Victorian stained-glass windows in the world. The funding will safeguard roles at the cathedral, ensure that the care and upkeep of this iconic building is maintained and enable the cathedral team to develop and deliver a diverse programme of events and activities for 2022 while ensuring the best possible experience and safety for the cathedral’s visitors, volunteers, and staff.

Iconic heritage site Hoghton Tower, which lies between Blackburn and Preston, is a source of pride for the local community, many of whom are trained volunteers. The fortified hilltop manor house, rebuilt by Sir Thomas Hoghton in the 1560’s will receive a Culture Recovery Fund grant of £116,500. This will support plans for a fully opened house and garden.

I'm delighted that this vital funding from our unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund is giving so many brilliant heritage organisations a helping hand this winter. I want everyone to enjoy what our fascinating and diverse heritage has to offer and with this money we're safeguarding these organisations for generations to come.

Nigel Huddleston, Heritage Minister

Around 30 community heritage organisations will also receive continuity support grants to continue to protect and raise awareness of the heritage in their local area. This funding is going to organisations such as Manchester Histories, whose grant of £42,200 will support their work with communities to tell the often hidden histories and heritage of local people.

We are delighted that the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage grants continue to keep so many heritage organisations going. From major historic buildings to small community organisations promoting local heritage – all deserve this support, to continue to open up to everyone the opportunities that our shared history creates.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive Historic England

This latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage provides a welcome Christmas boost for heritage organisations. With the situation changing daily, the funding will be crucial in helping heritage sites navigate their seasonal activities ensuring the safety of their visitors and their communities. The grants will also support organisations in implementing business plans as they work round the challenges for the coming year, helping financial sustainability and driving tourism so that we can look to a bright future for our heritage sector.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive National Lottery Heritage Fund

Almost £1 million in emergency grants will also be awarded to 12 heritage organisations struggling to survive, providing them with a financial lifeline. Investing in heritage will support COVID-19 economic recovery and make communities better places to live, creating jobs, driving tourism and improving well-being.

The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, in partnership with Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

See the full list of round three recipients

OrganisationRegionAmount Awarded
Future Seed C.I.C.West Midlands£26,900
Nottingham Heritage Vehicles CharityEast Midlands£15,800
Penistone Cinema Organ TrustYorkshire and The Humber£12,500
Gloucester History TrustSouth West£36,500
Past Participate CICSouth West£21,300
WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust LtdEast of England£16,000
Blyth Tall ShipNorth East£83,000
Boundary Way ProjectWest Midlands£14,900
Coventry MotoFest Ltd.West Midlands£55,000
Birmingham Diocesan TrustWest Midlands£32,900
Castle Cary and Ansford PCCSouth West£16,200
Sporting Heritage Community Interest CompanyYorkshire and The Humber£33,000
The Restoration TrustEast of England£33,100
Lynher River Barge CICSouth West£23,800
Symbiont Consulting LtdNorth West£17,800
Hartlebury Castle Preservation TrustWest Midlands£61,200
The Crossness Engines TrustLondon£29,300
The North End TrustEast of England£19,500
Marlborough Productions CICSouth East£24,100
Thames Explorer TrustLondon£36,700
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Petroc, BodminSouth West£17,500
Association of Ukrainians (Nottingham Branch)East Midlands£24,000
Southern Pennines Rural Regeneration Company LtdYorkshire and The Humber£208,800
KES Trustees LtdWest Midlands£116,000
Landward Research LtdYorkshire and The Humber£29,200
The Springhead Trust LimitedSouth West£68,000
YOUTH CLUB LtdLondon£51,000
WyvernRail plcEast Midlands£81,900
Air Photo Services LtdSouth West£40,600
Upton Cressett LtdWest Midlands£43,200
Tissington HallEast Midlands£25,000
North Tyneside Disability Forum LtdNorth East£29,900
The Foundry SheffieldYorkshire and The Humber£69,000
Hoghton Tower Preservation TrustNorth West£116,500
Leighton HallNorth West£62,700
Celtic HarmonyEast of England£99,800
TORR VALE MILLS LIMITEDEast Midlands£131,100
Tutbury Castle Trading LtdWest Midlands£100,100
The Kelmarsh TrustEast Midlands£144,900
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Christ Church with All Saints SpitalfieldsLondon£124,200
Lauderdale House SocietyLondon£53,900
Shire Hall (Dorchester) TrustSouth West£112,600
Stonor EnterprisesSouth East£230,000
Stanford HallEast Midlands£87,100
Fortescue Garden TrustSouth West£36,300
Silverstone Heritage LtdSouth East£710,700
Museum of Brands, Packaging and AdvertisingLondon£73,000
Glastonbury AbbeySouth West£355,500
Alkincoats LtdNorth West£52,500
Great Dorset Steam Fair LimitedSouth West£156,000
Chiswick House and Gardens TrustLondon£109,900
Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust East Midlands£150,300
Muncaster Visitor Management Limited  North West£170,000
The Kenelm Youth Trust LimitedWest Midlands£192,000
Bath Preservation TrustSouth West£444,900
Golden Hinde LtdLondon£140,000
Warrington Borough CouncilNorth West£253,100
British Music ExperienceNorth West£62,200
Truro CathedralSouth West£232,300
Lichfield CathedralWest Midlands£213,700
Lincolnshire Bomber Command MemorialEast Midlands£315,000
Wicksteed Charitable TrustEast Midlands£281,000
VAST SERVICES (1920)West Midlands£30,200
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Bath Abbey with St James, BathSouth West£246,000
St Cuthbert's College, UshawNorth East£357,400
Exeter CathedralSouth West£566,000
Chester CathedralNorth West£171,200
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Public Limited Company South East£641,800
Durham CathedralNorth East£812,200
Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) Plc. West Midlands£1,012,900
Stainmore Railway Company LimitedNorth West£16,000
The Managing Trustees of Brierfield Methodist ChurchNorth West£14,300
Trading PlacesWest Midlands£30,000
Combe St Nicholas Parochial Church Council South West£7,000
St Mary’s Church, ChardSouth West£6,300
St Marys Somers TownLondon£17,900
The PCC of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St George the Martyr, Queen Square with Holy Trinity, Holborn and St Bartholomew.London£35,400
The Parochial Church Council of St Catherine’s Church, Montacute, SomersetSouth West£31,500
Heritage Education Trust East Midlands£10,900
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Wilfrid, GrappenhallNorth West£27,300
The Minster Church of Sts Thomas, Newport South East£24,400
New Heritage Solutions Community Interest CompanyEast of England£8,600
Bidston Observatory Artistic Research CentreNorth West£27,200
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Clement with St Mark, Notting Dale and St James, Norlands.London£58,000
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Aldhelm, EdmontonLondon£28,600
Catcher Media Social CICWest Midlands£31,400
St Andrews PCC, West KensingtonLondon£30,000
The EXCELSIOR TrustEast of England£65,400
The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of All Saints RotherhamYorkshire and The Humber£37,400
Churnet Valley Railway (1992) PLCWest Midlands£99,600
Whittington Castle Preservation TrustWest Midlands£36,500
Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust East Midlands£58,900
Letton Hall TrustEast of England£70,700
Dorfold Hall Events LtdNorth West£77,500
Charlestown HarbourSouth West£170,700
Holdenby House EnterprisesEast Midlands£33,800
D & T Scenic's LimitedSouth East£40,000
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St John the Baptist with Christ Church Hoxton (Diocese of London)London£70,100
Panton Bros Museum UnlimitedEast Midlands£184,700
Blackwell AdventureWest Midlands£80,000
Fashion and Textile Museum, a part of Newham College of Further EducationLondon£155,000
Avenue House Estate TrustLondon£120,000
Joseph Banks SocietyEast Midlands£7,000
Ware Arts Centre LtdEast of England£47,500
The Pride of SeftonNorth West£17,900
Manchester HistoriesNorth West£42,200
The Highlife Centre West Midlands£47,800
Ebony Steelband Trust London£37,900
Gulliver’s World LtdNorth West£14,100
Clio's CompanyLondon£12,000
Sailing Tectona CICSouth West£67,000
Armenian InstituteLondon£44,000
Sharpe's Pottery Heritage and Arts TrustEast Midlands£33,200
The Pennoyyer CentreEast of England£47,900
Icon (Institute of Conservation)London£83,900
Apsley Paper TrailEast of England£213,600
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Team Parish of DewsburyYorkshire and The Humber£37,400
Peter Rogan & Associates LimitedEast Midlands£80,000
Migration Museum ProjectLondon£104,200
Re-Form HeritageWest Midlands£30,300
Experience Oxfordshire Charitable TrustSouth East£149,900
West Lexham LLPEast of England£245,900
THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL PARISH OF ST PAUL, HAMMERSMITHLondon£279,900
Neighbourhood Services Company LtdNorth West£70,000
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, LiverpoolNorth West£221,500
Alexandra Park and PalaceLondon£702,000
OrganisationRegionAmount Awarded
Nottingham News Centre CICEast Midlands£12,900
RAVENGLASS AND ESKDALE RAILWAY COMPANY LIMITED(THE)North West£451,500
Co Creative Solutions LimitedNorth West£10,500
Chance Heritage Trust LimitedWest Midlands£10,800
On the Record Community Interest CompanyLondon£12,500
Markenfield EnterprisesYorkshire and The Humber£30,100
Shackleton Aviation Group CICWest Midlands£29,500
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Paul, South HarrowLondon£45,400
Fans Museum CICNorth East£27,200
St George’s, Southall (THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL PARISH OF ST GEORGE'S, SOUTHALL)London£28,900
St. Peter The Apostle Roman Catholic ChurchLondon£16,000
STUMP CROSS LIMITEDYorkshire and The Humber£85,000
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