Dinosaur statues at Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs will benefit from £19,870 for repairs. © Historic England
The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs will benefit from £19,870 for repairs. © Historic England

More Lifeline Grants for Culture in All Corners of the Country

162 heritage organisations across the country to benefit from latest Culture Recovery funding

More help for heritage in need with £14 million investment in England’s historic sites including Durham Cathedral and Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill

Lifeline grants from the latest round of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund will protect a further 162 heritage organisations to ensure that jobs and access to heritage in local communities are protected in the months ahead, the Culture Secretary announced today.

More than £9 million has been allocated by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for grants to meet ongoing costs and support reopening and restarting activity when it is possible to do so safely. In addition, £5 million will go to construction and maintenance projects that have been paused due to the pandemic.

St Paul’s and Durham Cathedral are among some of the country’s most recognisable landmarks receiving the highest available grants over £1 million to ensure they can be protected from the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. A grant of £2,125,000 will provide stability for St Paul’s which usually relies on visitors for 90% of its annual income and Durham Cathedral, popular with thousands of visitors every year as a filming location for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, will receive £1,935,000 to cover staff costs and installing essential safety measures.

Blenheim Palace, the Oxfordshire birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, will receive £1,896,000 million for extensive repairs and updates to exhibition areas for visitors when it is safe to reopen.

These grants will help the places that have shaped our skylines for hundreds of years and that continue to define culture in our towns and cities.
From St Paul’s and Ronnie Scott’s to The Lowry and Durham Cathedral, we’re protecting heritage and culture in every corner of the country to save jobs and ensure it can bounce back strongly.

Oliver Dowden Culture Secretary

Grants between £10,000 and £1 million have been awarded to stabilise 77 organisations. Sites include Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Macclesfield, the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, which will receive £125,600 to develop the centre’s online offer to engage visitors unable to attend the site.

Historic England has allocated £3,971,513 in awards from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, part of a £120 million capital investment from the Culture Recovery Fund, to restart construction and maintenance projects facing delays or increased costs as a result of the pandemic and save specialist livelihoods in the sector.

Projects include Taylor’s Bell Foundry, the only surviving bell foundry still in operation in the UK, which will receive £449,918 for urgent repairs to the site to ensure that manufacturing can continue. As well as supporting thousands of heritage sites that rely on its services to maintain their historic bells and towers, this grant will preserve skills and processes unique to the industry.

74 organisations are also receiving grants of up to £25,000 from the Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund, launched by Historic England and almost quadrupled thanks to the Culture Recovery Fund, to cover maintenance and repairs urgently needed on historic buildings and sites up and down the country. The unique Crystal Palace Dinosaurs which will benefit from £19,870 for repairs to these cherished local landmarks.

Historic places across the country, from Durham Cathedral embodying more than a thousand years of history to the Crystal Palace dinosaurs, much loved by children and grownups alike, are being supported by the Government’s latest round of grants awarded under the Culture Recovery Fund. This funding is a lifeline which is kickstarting essential repairs and maintenance at many of our most precious historic sites, so they can begin to recover from the damaging effects of Covid-19. It is also providing employment for skilled craft workers who help to keep historic places alive and the wheels of the heritage sector turning.

Our shared heritage is an anchor for us all in these challenging times and this funding will help to ensure it remains part of our collective future.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive Historic England

The Government’s £1.57 billion package for culture is unprecedented and it’s important to acknowledge how valuable this has been for our heritage organisations and visitor attractions. Although we are not able to support everyone facing difficulties, today’s funding package helps a diverse range of heritage organisations from across the country survive, adapt and plan for a brighter future through the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.

By the end of this financial year we will have distributed almost £600 million of Government and National Lottery Funding to heritage organisations. Investing in heritage remains vitally important, creating jobs and economic prosperity, driving tourism, supporting our wellbeing and making our towns, cities, and rural areas better places to live. There is a lot more work to do to address the ongoing challenges, but this funding has provided a future for much of our heritage and the organisations that care for it, when it might otherwise have been permanently lost.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive National Lottery Heritage Fund

Full lists of grants awarded

Name of organisationGrant Award
All Saints Church, East Midlands£7,000
All Saints Knipton, East Midlands£7,639
Christ Church, East Midlands£20,000
Church of St Bartholomew, East Midlands£25,950
Church of St James, East Midlands£25,000
Church of St Mary the Virgin, East Midlands£8,000
Church of St Michael and All Angels, East Midlands£24,446
Holdenby House, East Midlands£25,000
St Andrew's Church, East Midlands£24,000
St Egelwin Church, East Midlands£19,800
St Margaret’s Church, East Midlands£25,000
St Margaret's Church, East Midlands£25,000
St Michael & All Angels Church, East Midlands£16,728
St Thomas Church, East Midlands£24,800
All Saints Church, East of England£22,000
All Saints' Church, East of England£9,350
Parish Church of St Edmunds or St James, East of England£22,633
Pinnacle Tower, East of England£24,843
St Giles Church, East of England£18,680
St John The Evangelist Church, East of England£1,200
The Church of St John the Baptist, East of England£25,000
The Minster Church of St Nicholas, East of England£25,000
146A Leabridge Road, London£24,957
Osterley House, London£2,617
Paddington Cemetery Chapels, London£25,000
St James Church, London£14,697
St James' Church, London£25,000
St John's Church Hillingdon, London£23,782
The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, London£19,870
The Old Courthouse, London£25,000
Tin Tabernacle (Cambridge Hall), London£14,862
Valence House Museum, London£22,500
Church of St Andrew, North East£20,000
Blackpool Grand Theatre, North West£24,250
Church of St Mary, North West£22,925
Parish Church of St. Michael & All Angels, North West£21,083
St Boniface Church, North West£8,000
St Michael & All Angels Church, North West£24,877
St Paul’s Church, North West£25,000
Victoria Baths, North West£18,060
Amberley Museum, South East£25,663
Church of St Mary, South East£24,897
De La Warr Pavilion, South East£23,970
St Lawrence Church, South East£20,300
St Mary de Haura Church, South East£14,785
All Saints Church, South West£7,634
All Saints Church, South West£10,300
Church of St Martins, South West£12,500
Church of St Peter & St Paul, South West£3,262
Fowey Parish Church, South West£25,000
Halswell House, South West£25,000
Hestercombe Gardens, South West£9,000
St Edward, King and Martyr Church, South West£11,000
St John the Baptist Church, South West£5,000
St Mary's Church, South West£19,000
St Mary's Church St Briavels, South West£23,000
St Peter and St Paul’s Church, South West£8,335
St Sampson's Church, South West£24,096
St Stephen’s the Martyr, South West£7,400
St Thomas Church, South West£20,879
St Thomas Parish Church, South West£14,625
The Buttermarket & Mining Exchange, South West£22,500
All Saints Parish Church, West Midlands£20,000
Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, West Midlands£22,500
Collegiate Church of St Mary, West Midlands£25,000
Middleton Hall, West Midlands£22,389
Orangery, Picture Gallery, Clock Tower, West Midlands£24,999
Ss Peter & Paul Church (Aston Parish Church), West Midlands£11,901
St Mary’s Church, West Midlands£25,000
St Michael & All Angels Church, West Midlands£16,425
Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Yorkshire and the Humber£12,000
St John the Evangelist Church, Yorkshire and the Humber£25,000
St Lawrence Parish Church, Yorkshire and the Humber£25,000
The Church of St John, Yorkshire and the Humber£24,962
Name of organisationGrant Award
Joseph Banks Society, East Midlands£10,600
Moulton Windmill Project Ltd, East Midlands£34,500
The DCC of St. Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, East Midlands£8,700
Brick by Brick Communities Community Interest Company, East of England£40,000
Finchingfield Guildhall Charitable Incorporated Organisation, East of England£12,800
Heritage Marine Foundation, East of England£17,500
Hungate Medieval Art, East of England£14,400
The Restoration Trust, East of England£47,400
Ware Arts Centre Ltd, East of England£39,000
WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Ltd, East of England£24,000
Community Active Support, London£10,000
Edgware PCC, London£23,200
Pegleg Productions, London£9,500
Sheriff Centre, London£51,000
Spring Park All Saints PCC "A Charity", London£6,000
St Paul's Cathedral Foundation, London£2,125,000
The Isokon Gallery Trust, London£12,900
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Pimlico St Peter with Westminster Christ Church, London£16,900
Durham Cathedral, North East£1,935,600
Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, North East£35,000
North Tyneside Disability Forum Ltd, North East£29,500
Northumberland Heavy Horse Heritage, North East£20,000
Trinity Church Gosforth, North East£30,000
Amani Creatives, North West£31,800
British Deaf History Society ( BDHS ), North West£98,700
Darwen Terracotta Limited, North West£550,000
Dewa Roman Experience Ltd, North West£77,400
Friends of Norris Green Park, North West£14,200
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (part of The University of Manchester), North West£125,600
Parochial Church Council of Cartmel, North West£69,200
RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre at Gulliver's World, North West£28,900
Ruby Tiger, North West£8,600
Solway Aviation Society Ltd, North West£60,000
St John's Church, North West£3,500
The Community & Heritage CIC, North West£21,100
The East Lancashire Light Railway Company Limited (ELLR Co Ltd), North West£641,600
The Pride of Sefton, North West£32,100
Archbishops Palace Conservation Trust, South East£10,500
Blenheim Palace Heritage Foundation, South East£1,896,000
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway, South East£15,700
Experience Oxfordshire Charitable Trust, South East£82,500
Fresh Start Portslade, South East£10,600
Health Action, South East£27,200
Heritage Skills Academy, South East£26,000
Historic Ryde Society, South East£10,000
John Pounds Community Trust, South East£69,200
Lavender Line Limited, South East£15,300
New Forest Heritage Trust, South East£85,800
Rye Heritage Centre, South East£20,000
St Olav Trust, South East£28,000
The Victoria Institute Arundel, South East£40,800
Windmill Hill Windmill Trust, South East£11,700
Bewnans Kernow, South West£46,800
Britannia Sailing Trust, South West£61,200
Cornwall Buildings Preservation Trust Ltd, South West£40,800
Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall at War Museum Ltd, South West£24,300
Dreadnought South West, South West£24,400
PCC Hartpury, South West£11,500
PCC of St Mary Magdalene Upton, Torquay, South West£13,800
Poole Flying Boats Celebration Ltd, South West£25,000
Sailing Tectona CIC, South West£33,700
St Euny Church, South West£5,000
St John the Baptist Church, Chipping Sodbury, South West£15,000
Steamship Freshspring Trust, South West£66,100
Tibberton with Rudford PCC Churches, South West£9,000
Warminster Athenaeum Trust, South West£11,500
Willsbridge Mill Community Refresh, South West£11,400
Change-Us Community Interest Company, West Midlands£10,000
ConGens Group, West Midlands£16,400
Re. Future Collective, West Midlands£7,500
Spode Museum Trust, West Midlands£20,000
St Andrew's Church, Leysters, West Midlands£6,900
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Malvern Link with Cowleigh, West Midlands£25,000
Wigornia, West Midlands£20,300
Experience Community CIC, Yorkshire and the Humber£58,000
Hope Baptist Church, Yorkshire and the Humber£14,000
Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society, Yorkshire and the Humber£23,200
LNER Coach Association, Yorkshire and the Humber£38,000
The Friends of Farsley Rehoboth Burial Ground, Yorkshire and the Humber£14,200
Thornton Parish Church Parochial Church Council, Yorkshire and the Humber£33,100
Name of organisationGrant Award
Bennerley Viaduct, East Midlands£165,201
Lincoln Castle, East Midlands£1,086,629
Taylors Bell Foundry, East Midlands£449,918
Creeksea Place, East of England£499,765
Cloudesley Centre (former Holy Trinity Church) , London£150,000
Former Royal Dockyard Church, Sheerness, South East£250,000
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, West Midlands£650,000
Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire and the Humber£720,000
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